Appeal to European Leaders to Focus on the Appalling Human Rights Situation in IranPublished by International Liberty on January 7, 2016
The former head of the United Nations human rights office in Iraq, Dr. Tahar Boumedra, on Wednesday appealed to European leaders to focus on the appalling human rights situation in Iran in light of Rouhani’s planned trip to France and other European countries at the end of January.
“Moderation under the current Iranian constitution is meaningless because it is a constitution program that adopts violations of human rights, including torture, and the ‘export of the revolution’ as a means of governance in Iran,” Dr. Boumedra said.
“It is impossible to qualify a member of the current Iranian government as a moderate,” added Dr. Boumedra, who last September published a 50-page report on the human rights situation in Iran in 2015.
He pointed out that Rouhani and all the members of his administration are “committed to a regime with a constitution that is based on Sharia [Law] as interpreted by a group of mullahs under the leadership of the Supreme Leader. This interpretation is not the mainstream Shia or Sunni Islam. It is an interpretation that does not belong to this era.”