On Saturday, the Iranian regime executed an Iranian, who had refugee status in France, which prompted several European countries to withdraw from a planned business summit with Iran and the European Union to write a statement condemning the crime. 

Ruhollah Zam had been tricked into visiting Iraq, where he was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Guards and placed under torture in Iran until he made confessions, which led to his conviction in June for “spreading corruption on earth” and a death sentence. 

The process from conviction to appeal to implementation was lighting fast, likely because the regime has recently seen a lot of scrutinies regarding their politically motivated executions and didn’t want to face another campaign from the international community or an uprising by the Iranian people. Many Iranian officials have publically displayed their fear at the prospect of widespread domestic protests. 

In response to Zam’s execution, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) explained that the regime is “engulfed” by crises, including increased international attention over its malign behavior, and has resorted to violence to “create an atmosphere of terror” and intimidate the Iranian people with the hopes of thwarting the coming uprising. 

Regarding international attention for the regime’s crimes, diplomat Assadollah Assadi and three accomplices are currently on trial in Belgium for the attempted bombing of the 2018 Free Iran rally in Paris, which the prosecution said was ordered at the highest levels of the regime, including Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. 

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Despite the execution of a European resident and the terror plot on European soil, the EU has not changed its appeasement policy on Iran, even though the Iranian people had repeatedly made clear that they want the regime gone too. 

It is difficult to explain why this description of the regime [as a terrorist regime intent on regional dominance] hasn’t gained more prominence in Western policy circles before now,” The NCRI wrote.

However, it should be more difficult for lawmakers and officials to ignore the situation now that Tehran has repeatedly amplified challenges to the status quo through its attempted terrorist activity and its shameless murder of political dissidents.

“If European governments still maintain relations with Zarif in the wake of all this, it should only be to hold him and his regime to account for violation of human rights in Iran and the regime’s terrorism in Europe and in the region, the NCRI added.

Summary of Repression and Human Rights Violations in Iran – November 2020