Following a European conference, attended by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi on Iran, more than 30 parliamentarians and personalities from different European countries issued a joint statement in solidarity with the uprising of the Iranian people, calling on the EU to take effective measures to force the Iranian regime to release prisoners of insurrection.
Dozens of lawmakers and political dignitaries from Italy, Germany, Britain, France, Poland, Ireland, Romania, Switzerland, Malta, Lithuania and Portugal, as well as Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, former Columbian presidential hopeful, participated and addressed the conference.
They also emphasized that the EU should refrain from dealing with corporations and individuals affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the repressive organs of the Iranian regime and condition the continuation and expansion of political and economic relations with the regime to the release of prisoners and the suspension of executions.
Joint statement by Parliamentarians from different European countries on the uprising of the Iranian people
Paris - In February 1979, the Iranian people's revolution overthrew the Shah's dictatorship. Since the Shah had executed and imprisoned the leaders of all democratic movements, Khomeini and his affiliated mullahs had the opportunity to divert the revolution from its path and replace it with a theocracy. The vast majority of the 120,000 political executions were of the activists of 1979 revolution. For nearly four decades, the Iranian regime has been the world's number one record holder of executions and has been censored by the United Nations 64 times.
Despite this brutal repression, the people's resistance not only did not disappear, but like a fire under the ashes awaited a good opportunity. The world witnessed in January 2018 a wave of uprisings and protests in Iran, which quickly spread to 140 cities. With slogans such as “Death of Khamenei, Death to Rouhani, Death to the dictator, Let go of Syria, think about us …”, the people expressed their will for the overthrow of the entire mullahs regime.
Over 8000 protesters were arrested and at least 50 were killed, 12 of whom died under torture. The head of the regime's Prisons Organisation confirmed the arrest of 5,000 people. Despite this brutal crackdown, on 1 and 2 February, many cities in the country were once again scenes of anti-government protests and clashes between people and repressive forces. On the other hand, most of Iran's cities every day witness strikes and protests by workers and the working people. The regime's interior minister said that the protests reach 150 per day.
These protests, along with the deteriorating economic conditions of the regime, such as unemployment and the high costs, have brought the Iranian regime to its final stage. The official currency of the country has fallen by more than 15% in the past month. On 31 January, President Rouhani warned that the regime could have the fate of the Shah's regime if it does not hear the voice of the people. These remarks are from the one who, from the first day, was among the most violent government bands, and shows well the fragile state of the regime.
After the start of the uprising in Mashhad on 28 December 2017, Khamenei's representative said the people came to the streets with “the call of Mojahedin (PMOI), whose leader is a woman,” and on 2 January, President Rouhani, in a telephone call to the French President, “asked to take action against a Paris-based Iranian opposition, PMOI, which he accused of fomenting the recent protests.… (AFP, 3 January 2018)”
On 9 January, Khamenei said that the organisers of the uprising in Iran were Mojahedin. “Since several months ago (they were ready) to organise, and meet this person and that; and to select some people inside…”. In his speech, he threatened the detainees with execution. On 27 January, Deputy Revolutionary Guard Corps said demonstrators in different cities were mostly female Mojahedin.
In these circumstances, we support the demands of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi to the Council of Europe on 24 January 2018, calling on the Council and the European Union and other international bodies “to adopt effective measures and binding decisions to compel the religious dictatorship ruling Iran to release the prisoners of the uprising, uphold freedom of expression and association, end repression against women and lift the compulsory veil.”
The European Union should stop trading with corporations and those affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards and the suppressive organs and condition the continuation and expansion of political and economic relationship with Iran on the release of prisoners and the suspension of executions. We also call for the establishment of a United Nations International Committee to investigate the situation of the detainees and missing people in the uprising.
Lord Clarke of Hampstead CBE
Former Chairman of the Labour Party and
Prominent Labour Member of the UK House of Lords
9 February 2018
Other Members of Parliament and dignitaries supporting this statement are as follow:
Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, Independent Member of the UK House of Lords, Co-Chairman of the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) and Government’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (2001-2011)
Baroness Harris of Richmond DL, Liberal Democrat Member of the UK House of Lords and former Deputy Speaker of the UK House of Lords
Lord Alton of Liverpool, Crossbench Member of the UK House of Lords
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass, Independent Ulster Unionist Member of the UK House of Lords
Lord Singh of Wimbledon CBE, Crossbench Member of the UK House of Lords
Lord Cotter, Liberal Democrat Member of the UK House of Lords
Martin Patzelt, Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the Human Rights Committee of German Bundestag
Senator Luigi Compania, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Italian Senate and Member of the Italian Senate
Senator Valeria Cardinali, Member of the Italian Senate
Mariano Rabino, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Italian Parliament and Member of the Italian Parliament
Nicolo Chirachi, Member of the Italian Parliament
Antonio Martali, Member of the Italian Parliament
Marcin Święcicki, former Mayor of Warsaw, former Minister for Foreign Economic Relations and Member of the Polish Parliament
Dr. Joanna Mucha, Member of the Polish Parliament and former Minister of Sport
Senator Gerry Horkan, Fianna Fáil Senator, Vice-chairman of the Finance Committee of Oireachtas (Irish Parliament), Spokesperson on Finance and Deputy Whip
Dr. Egidijus Vareikis, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament and Member of the Lithuanian Parliament
Romeo Nicaroa, Member of the Romanian Parliament
Mario Galea, Member of the Maltese Parliament and Spokesperson of the Opposition Party
Dr. Hermann Schiavone, Member of the Maltese Parliament
Henry Rappaze, Member of the Parliament of the Canton of Geneva
Ingrid Betancourt, Presidential Candidate for Colombia
Prof. Dr. Horst Teltschik, former Advisor to the German Chancellor and former Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, former German Minister of Justice
Otto Bernhardt, Board Member of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and former Member of the German Bundestag
Leo Dautzenberg, former Member of the German Bundestag
Mike Hancock, former Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and former Member of the UK House of Commons
Brian Binley, former Member of the UK House of Commons
Paulo Casaca, former Member of the European Parliament for Portugal and Director of the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Roger Lyons, former President of Trade Union Congress (TUC) and former General Secretary of Amicus Union
Elizabetta Zamparoti, Hands Off Cain and European Committee for the Prevention of Torture with Respect of Italy
Sergio D’Elia, Secretary of Hands Off Cain and Presidency of Non-violent Radical Party