News : Human rights
- Published: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
In a conference held in Strasbourg headquarter Members of the European Parliament addressed a conference entitled “European policy vis-à-vis Iranian regime’s suppression and warmongering, the massacre of political prisoners in 1988” on October 23, 2019.
They raised concern attention on the 1988 massacre of more than 30.000 political prisoners who were mostly members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
After welcoming panelists and guests Mrs. Anna Fotyga MEP from Poland said that “it's important for the European Union to focus on human rights in its relationship with Iran.”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-Elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran was the keynote speaker of the conference.
Mrs. Rajavi introduced an extraordinary book to the representatives of the people of Europe that contains the names of more than 5,000 prisoners massacred by the mullahs in Iran.
Mrs. Rajavi mentioned that this “book is the story of a nation who has been suppressed in Iran, and abroad, her human rights, freedoms, and resistance have been overlooked.”
The President-Elect of the NCRI criticized the western government overlooking the human rights situation in Iran. “Western governments and the United Nations closed their eyes on this crime. Enjoying impunity for such a horrible crime, the regime spread its war to the Middle East which is still ongoing,” Mrs. Rajavi emphasized.
She called on the EU to take a firm policy toward Iran. “The only answer to a regime that has deliberately foiled the initiatives of Europe, particularly of France, is a firm policy which obliges Europe to support the Iranian people’s resistance to establish democracy &popular sovereignty,” mentioned Mrs. Rajavi.
Petri Sarvamaa MEP, Finnish MEP from the EPP Group, Vice-Coordinator of the Budgetary Control Committee, Full Member of the AGRI Committee said: “Every visit by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi here is important because it is important for the Iranian people and for freedom. My message is that we must change the EU’s role which for years has ignored the mullahs' terrorism for the sake of continuing trade with Iran. It is a privilege to have Maryam Rajavi with us here.”
"Iran's regime is the source of instability - instability is the doctrine for its survival. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its terrorist proxies fight in various Middle East countries. The mullahs have formed close alliances with Russia, North Korea, and the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria,” said Milan Zver, MEP from Slovenia.
Ryszard Czarnecki, MEP from Poland told in his remarks that the Iranian Resistance, under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi, has undergone many hardships and In the 1988 massacre, more than 30,000 MEK members were executed in Iran. Mr. Cznarnecki mentioned that many of the perpetrators continue to hold top positions in Iran.
"Many MEK members are now in Albania. I visited them and I look forward to seeing them again. They are symbols for the Iranian people. We should call on European governments to recognize the Iranian Resistance as the true alternative," said the polish MEP and former vice-president of the EP Ryszard Czarnecki.
Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, MEP from Spain also showed his support for the cause of human rights in Iran. He mentioned in his speech that “we have a duty towards the Iranian people. We will not give up our moral responsibility to bring about change in human rights elsewhere, particularly in Iran.”
Jan Zahradil, MEP from the Czech Republic cautioned EU foreign policy. “The EU is not willing to recognize the real threat stemming from Iran's regime. If we allow the regime to become a regional hegemon, it will be a real security threat. The former EU foreign policy chief was promoting the appeasement policy and looking for economic deals with Tehran. It did not work. We should look for a firm and principled position," warned Jan Zahradil.
Radka Maxová, another MEP from the Czech Republic said: “I believe that we MEPs should no longer stay silent on the abuses taking place in Iran. We should raise our voice and speak for the suffering people of Iran. Do not hesitate to knock on my door. I will be here to help you."
"Anyone who has attended your gatherings knows how strong your movement is, with tens of thousands of supporters attending each event," said Stanislav Polčák, MEP from the Czech Republic.
Other MEP’s Anthea McIntyre, MEP from the United Kingdom, Patrizia Toia, MEP from Italy, Franc Bogovič, MEP from Slovenia, Ruza Tomasic MEP from Croatia, Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and Rama Yade, former French Human Rights Minister addressed the conference.
Struan Stevenson, former European lawmaker, and Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change (CIC) said: “We need a new policy on Iran and an end to the business-as-usual appeasement. This is a regime that boasts about its missiles and that is racing to build nuclear weapons.”
“This regime has slaughtered 120,000 people since 1979, and 30,000 people in the summer of 1988. The executions were carried out based on a fatwa by regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini. One of the key players was the current Iranian regime Justice Minister Alireza Avaei. He was appointed by Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, which the West regards as a ‘moderate’ president,” added Stevenson.
Mr. Stevenson called on the EU to “show that we support the Iranian people and the MEK and NCRI. We must show support for Maryam Rajavi and her ten-point plan,”