Strasbourg - Members of the European Parliament, joined by other dignitaries from across Europe called for a strong European approach vis-a-vis the Iranian regime’s human rights violations and warmongering.
A conference organized by the European Parliament Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup also called for accountability of Iranian regime officials regarding the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Most of these victims were members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
A book containing names and particulars of 5015 victims of the massacre, as well as coordinates of 36 mass grave in Iran containing remains of the massacred was presented to the conference by Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
“Today, I would like to introduce an extraordinary document to the representatives of the people of Europe. A book containing the names of more than 5,000 prisoners massacred by the mullahs in Iran. The book is the story of a nation who has been suppressed in Iran, and abroad, her human rights, freedoms, and resistance have been overlooked,” Mrs. Rajavi said in her opening remarks.
“Western governments and the United Nations closed their eyes on this crime. Enjoying impunity for such a horrible crime, the regime spread its war to the Middle East which is still ongoing,” she added.
She urged that the massacre case be referred to the UN Security Council.
Mrs. Rajavi affirmed that only today the Albanian police announced that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds force had tried to bomb a gathering of Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) members in Albania in March 2019, and that the latter’s mercenaries and agents, including under the guise of former MEK members, had been active in Albania and in the region to gather information and engage in terrorist activities against the democratic alternative for Iran.
Several MEPs spoke at the conference.
“The Iranian regime has been the source of instability as the doctrine for its survival. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its terrorist proxies fight in different Middle East countries. The mullahs have formed a close alliance with Russia, North Korea, and the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria,” said Milan Zver from Slovenia.
Milan Zver, MEP from Slovenia:#Iranian regime has been the source of instability as the doctrine for its survival. The #IRGC &its terrorist proxies fight in different Middle East countries. #FreeIran #NoImpunity4Mullahs pic.twitter.com/WAd7Qxs4AP— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019
“We should call on European governments to recognize the Iranian Resistance as the true alternative. Let us send a strong message to the people of Iran that we are with you until we have a free Iran,” affirmed Ryszard Czamecki from Poland.
MEP @r_czarneckiRyszard-Conf.held at #EU Parliament:#Iran’s resistance, under the leadership of @Maryam_Rajavi, has undergone many hardships.During #1988massacre, over30K #MEK members were executed.Many of perpetrators continue 2hold top positions.#FreeIran #NoImpunity4Mullahs pic.twitter.com/fQyOCxliLL— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019
“Iranians took to the streets on several occasions. In the last uprising, the hostility to the regime was very clear and the people called on Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to go. The people do not want this regime. The EU policy must be based on this reality,” said Anthea McIntyre, British Conservative MEP for the West Midlands.
MEP @anthea_mcintyre: #Iranians took2the streets on several occasions. In the last uprising, people called on regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to go. The people do not want this regime.The #EU policy must be based on this reality.#FreeIran #NoImpunity4Mullahs #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/WdClKtU5ph— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019
“There is a democratic alternative to this regime. It is led by Maryam Rajavi and your ten-point plan. Many members of this parliament support her. I look forward to the day when we are all able to go to a free Iran with Maryam Rajavi as its elected democratic president,” she concluded.
Italian MEP Alessandra Moretti paid special attention to the situation of women in Iran: “I have heard a lot about the strong role of women in Iran’s protests and their talents in the society. I understand the heavy price that has been paid for freedom. We must push for an end to the death penalty and the punishing and imprisonment of activists. We are here to push the European Parliament to condition any deals with the regime on the conditions of respect for human rights and an end to executions, which does not comply with international standards and values for justice.”
MEP @ale_moretti: We are here to push the @PEStrasbourg to condition any deals with the regime on the conditions of respect for #HumanRights and an end to executions, which does not comply with international standards and values for justice.#NoImpunity4Mullahs #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/xuc5gEj230— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019
Gianna Gancia from Italy was more precise: “We see the brutalities in Iran, but our representatives in Europe are only interested in trade with Iran. Our parliament has a duty to speak out and call on the European Commission to stop their relations with Iran and impose sanctions on this regime for its human rights violations. We want democratic change in Iran.”
MEP @Giannagancia:We see the brutalities,but our Reps in #EU are only busy in trade w/Iran.Our parliament has a duty to speak out &call on the @EU_Commission 2stop relations W/Iran&impose sanctions on this regm 4 #HumanRightsViolations.We want democratic change in Iran.#FreeIran pic.twitter.com/oIz7ZKTxnE— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019
Former Colombian presidential elections’ candidate Ingrid Betancourt spoke about today’s revelations by the Albanian police concerning terrorist activities on the part of the mullahs’ regime in Europe against the Iranian democratic opposition.
“Two people posing as journalists came to Albania with the aim to target the MEK members in a terror attack. No one knew what happened. The Albanian government released the details today,” she said.
“In 2018, we were in a big conference in Paris to support the Iranian Resistance and express our opposition to the lack of justice and the corruption of the Iranian regime. The Iranian regime wanted to kill us all. On that day, two people were arrested with a bomb they wanted to install in the premises we had gathered to kill all of us. An Iranian diplomat was detained by German authorities because he was the head of this terror plot. He was an Iranian official, part of the government of Iran, on orders to kill us,” she concluded.
Ingrid Betancourt:"It's important 4us to revisit what happened in #1988Massacre."Reminding the failed terror plots by the #Iranian regm Diplomat terrorist&MOIS agents,in Paris&Albania,Ms.Betancourt said:"We can not submit to the lies &blackmail of the regime.#NoImpunity4Mullahs pic.twitter.com/6h5eeIprvp— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019
Former French Minister of Human Rights Rama Yade reiterated the human rights question in Iran: “The pain of the mothers of the 1988 massacre is still alive. What we need is the establishment of an independent inquiry into the 1988 massacre to shed light on this crime. There must be justice. Appeasement will not reduce the regime’s ballistic capabilities and its terrorism. What is important here is to give up this blank check and adopt a clear condemnation of the regime’s crimes,” she said.
Fr. French Min.@RamaYade: Appeasement will not reduce the regime’s ballistic capabilities and its terrorism. What is important here is to give up this blank check and adopt a clear condemnation of the regime’s crimes.#NoImpunity4Mullahs #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/NPVPjgcnlj— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019
“Women have paid an especially heavy price in the past two years. We must do more. We owe it to this great nation and people. We must support the desire of the Iranian people for regime change and the establishment of a secular government based on the separation of church and state, and gender equality,” she concluded.