Human rights in Iran must not be overlooked: French MEP José Bové

Human rights in Iran must not be overlooked: French MEP José Bové

Published by on February 2, 2016

jose-bove-300José Bové, a prominent French Member of the European Parliament, told thousands of supporters of the Iranian opposition at the ‘No To Rouhani’ rally in Paris on Thursday that the appalling human rights situation in Iran must not be overlooked.

He told the protesters waving Iranian flags: “It’s a great joy to see all those Iranian flags that represent freedom of a population that had to fight 30 years ago against the dictatorship of the Shah of Iran.”

“But sadly, Khomeini came to power and he said ‘I will expand the caliphate’. Thirty years later, Daesh [ISIS or ISIL] says the same. The reasoning of the theocracies is unbearable. Today, we can’t accept that a population be subjected to the rule of the mullahs, and that men and women of that country, live under the yoke of religious dictatorship.”

“That is why at the European Parliament, many of us support the Iranian Resistance. And we support in this fight Mrs. [Maryam] Rajavi, the leader of a democratic and secular movement.”

“Today’s meeting between Rouhani and the French president is intolerable for a simple reason: humans rights must come before the laws of market forces and profit.” He added: “Men and women are dying in Iran or are being imprisoned because they want to live in a free and secular country.”

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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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