Protest in Brussels against EU silence on human rights violations in IranPublished by International Liberty on July 25, 2015
Association of Iranian Refugees in Belgium initiated a protest with approximately 100 people from Brussels’ Iranian community gathering at Schuman roundabout facing the European institutions on Thursday 23 July, to criticise the silence of European authorities in view of human rights violations in Iran.
Protesters decry the fact that human rights violations are ignored since the beginning of negotiations on nuclear power with Iran 2 years ago. An agreement having been signed on July 14th, they say the European Union cannot justify its silence.
“For the Iranian people what matters most is freedom,” reckons a protester. “The nuclear agreement is not solving any human rights issues. Europe is defined by its democratic values. It has set them aside while it was negotiating this agreement. We want change now.” They point out that over 1,800 people have been hanged since Hassan Rouhani became president on August 4th, 2013.