France must support freedom in Iran: Jean-François Legaret

France must support freedom in Iran: Jean-François Legaret

Published by on February 2, 2016

logaret300Jean-François Legaret, mayor of the 1st district of Paris, addressed a demonstration by thousands of Iranians and human rights activists against the presence of the Iranian regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani, in the French capital.

The protesters urged France and other EU governments to make their relations with the Iranian regime contingent upon an improvement of human rights in Iran and an end to the support of the mullahs for the massacre of the Syrian people by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

They stressed that a free and democratic Iran is a fundamental need to ensure stability and peace in the region.
Jean-François Legaret was among many European politicians, members of parliament and human rights activists who spoke at the rally.

Jean-François Legaret, mayor of the 1st district of Paris, at the January 28 rally: “France damages its Republican values by welcoming today a man who isn’t the representative of the Iranian people. In fact, he is committing crimes and torture against the Iranian people.”

“Today, France is making a mistake, that’s why we are gathered here, to support the Iranian people and their resistance, led by Maryam Rajavi.”

“Long live the Iranian Resistance, long live freedom for the Iranian people, in a country where there is no political freedom, no religious freedom, no respect of women and human rights.”

“Long live freedom!”

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

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.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

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