Human rights expert: worsening abuses, growing discontent in IranPublished by International Liberty Association on July 14, 2016
Antonio Stango, political scientist, writer and human rights expert, (he is President of the Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights said the mass rally, on July 9 in Paris, was critical in finding an answer to multiple crises in which the Iranian regime was a cause.
As a matter of self-interest, not simply principle, Western governments should support “the brave people of Iran who struggle for their own freedom,” for, in achieving liberation from the “bloody ayatollahs’ regime,” the Iranian opposition would also deliver peace to the region and beyond, he said.
Mr Stango anticipated that, while the rally brought many benefits of communication and co-operation to the Iranian Diaspora and to “prominent personalities from many countries,” the principal boon of the event was that millions of people in Iran “can know that they are not alone.”
Seeing no signs of moderation in the Rouhani regime – “the situation of human rights in Iran has been further worsening” Mr Stango concluded.