Protest in Brussels against EU silence on human rights violations in Iran

Protest in Brussels against EU silence on human rights violations in Iran

Published by on July 25, 2015

EP-flagsAssociation 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.

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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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