ILA strongly condemns the visit of European officials to Tehran, the capital of public executions

ILA strongly condemns the visit of European officials to Tehran, the capital of public executions

Published by on August 3, 2017

More than 100 executions have been recorded to have taken place in Iran during July 2017. Amnesty international in a recent report titled: “Iran: ‘vicious’ crackdown on human rights activists under Rouhani”, highlights the fact that Iranian activists are given long jail sentences after trials “lasting only 45 minutes”. According to AI report alleged offences “include communicating with EU, UN and human rights organisations”. According to the report, “The Iranian authorities have waged a vicious crackdown on human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president, demonising and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights”.

It is astonishing that many EU officials including Federica Mogherini, the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief have gone to Iran to attend the inauguration of the president who represents this regime.

We at ILA agree with Amnesty International conclusion that “The international community, and in particular the EU, must not stay silent over the outrageous treatment of human rights defenders in Iran”.

The EU leaders should instead publicly call for an end to executions, arbitrary arrests, unfair trials, and release of all political prisoners by Iranian regime.

International Liberty Association – Press Office
3 August 2017

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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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