MEPs denounce worsening human-rights situation in #Iran, urge EU trade ties to be hinged upon halting executions

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In a meeting at the European Parliament on 7 December, The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi , was the keynote speaker at the conference.

The meeting was held on the occasion of International Human Rights Day and was titled ‘Wave of executions, stepped up repression; right policy of the West, particularly Europe, in the wake of recent developments’.

The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi (pictured), was the keynote speaker at the conference.

The event was held upon the initiative of the European Parliament’s Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI), a group that was formed in 2003 and enjoys the active support of many MEPs from various political groups.

Anthea McIntyre, MEP from the UK, chaired the meeting, which was attended by dozens of MEPs from various political groups.

MEPs stressed that Iran’s ruling clerical regime is incapable of reform and that flagrant human rights violations are an inherent consequence of that regime’s character. They underscored that human rights conditions in Iran have not improved under the Rouhani presidency by have actually deteriorated, as evidenced by a surging number of executions.

According to MEPs, engaging in trade and political relations with a regime that holds the world record for per-capita executions is a violation of all human rights standards. They stressed that silence and inaction in the face of brutal human rights violations is contradictory to the principles and values the European Union was founded upon.

The diverse MEPs who took part in the event also expressed their support for the Iranian resistance and Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan for the future of Iran.

In addition to MEPs, a number of European dignitaries including former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and Alejo Vidal Quadras, a former vice president of the Parliament, addressed the conference.

Anna Fotyga, president of European Parliament’s subcommittee on security and defense, former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Bove (France), Tunne Kelam (Estonia), Heinz Becker (Austria), Anna Zaborska (Slovakia), Richard Ashworth (UK), Jaromir Stetina (Czech Republic), Daniela Aiuto (Italy), Wim van de Cam (Netherlands), and Jozo Radoš (former Defense Minister of Croatia) were among the MEPs who addressed the event.

Ms. Shabnam Madadzadeh, a young activist, who spent five years in prison for her political activities in support of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and recently fled Iran provided an eyewitness account of the dreadful human-rights situation in Iranian prisons.

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