European parliamentarians quizzed Zarif about human rights violations in Iran

European parliamentarians quizzed Zarif about human rights violations in Iran

Published by on February 17, 2016

zarif-epEU-Iran relations should not improve at the expense of human rights, members of Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament said in Tuesday’s debate with the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

In his first-ever visit to the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, members told him “the human rights situation in Iran, the death penalty, public executions and the prosecution of bloggers and journalists are unacceptable and will serve as a litmus test for future relations,” according to a report published on the Parliament’s website.

Reuters reported: “European parliamentarians quizzed Zarif about alleged human rights violations in Iran, Iranian defence spending and nuclear activity and Tehran’s stance on Middle East conflicts that have killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven millions from their homes, spurring a large influx of refugees into Europe.”

Meanwhile Iranians in Brussels protested the visit by the foreign minister of the clerical regime in Tehran. They gathered on Monday outside the Brussels justice department, the Belgian news agency Belga reported.

“The demonstrators stressed that Iran has reached a world record with over 2,300 executions since Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013.”

“They called on the European Union to make the establishment of economic relations with Iran conditional upon an advance in terms of human rights.”

“To the Iranian people, the most important issue is the defence of their rights, not the nuclear issue”, Belga quoted an activist of the National Council of Resistance of Iran as saying.

“The Iranian regime uses the country’s money for repression inside the country and Assad in the war in Syria.”

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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