Gilbert Mitterrand: Silence kills even more than the craziness of executioners

Gilbert Mitterrand: Silence kills even more than the craziness of executioners

Published by on February 1, 2016

mitterrand10oct3-300Speaking at the rally by thousands of Iranians in Paris on Thursday protesting the recent visit by Hassan Rouhani, the president of the clerical regime in Tehran, the president of the France Libertés Foundation called on France not to sacrifice human rights for economic and financial purposes.

Gilbert Mitterrand, son of late French president Francois Mitterrand, said: The foundation Danielle-Mitterrand – France Libertés asks the powerful nations, the International community and the French president to support the great Iranian people, who are victims of more than 120 000 political executions, where minors are prosecuted, where women are mutilated, where no law can support the hatred they suffer. That is our message.

That is our demand, united together, in this protest today, for our brothers and sisters.

The foundation Danielle-Mitterrand – France Libertés shows its support to the people of Iran, the Iran of liberties, of human rights and democracy, where the death penalty doesn’t prevail.

The same Iran that suffers terrible acts of violence, holding one of the worst world records to this day.

The foundation France Libertés joins the numerous voices around the world that are rising so that this great country doesn’t get sacrificed for economic and financial purposes where local strategies tend to scorn people’s conscience. Progress only makes sense if it profits the whole world. Silence kills even more than the craziness of executioners.

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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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