Sir David Amess MP: Iran should be ashamed of its execution record

Sir David Amess MP: Iran should be ashamed of its execution record

Published by on June 25, 2016

David-AmessBritish politician Sir David Amess has pledged his support to the upcoming gathering and called on his colleagues throughout Europe to do the same.
Mr. Amess, a Member of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, relayed in a video message that he is hopeful the rally will demonstrate to Iranian dissidents that they (and their cause) have the backing of democratic countries.
Mr. Amess dismissed any notion that Hassan Rouhani’s regime has been moderate, citing that the human rights situation has worsened since Rouhani took office. He said that Iran’s regime should be absolutely ashamed of their execution record.
Mr. Amess said: “The gathering…is a strong message to the oppressed Iranian people that their legitimate demands for freedom and human rights do have the backing of many of my parliamentary colleagues in the Lords and in the Commons. And it also means that the international community supports their democratic aspirations and it is ready to stand with every one of you in this struggle to achieve these rights.”
Mr. Amess, a Conservative MP, said: “We will once again show the major support we have for a free and democratic Iran among Iranians and that there is a significant international support for the people’s democratic aspirations.”

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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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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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