By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Sunday, 3 July 2016
The Parliamentarians of Bahrain have issued a statement yesterday strongly condemning Iran’s continuing use of the death penalty, oppressive measures, and its atrocious support for exporting fundamentalism and terrorism.
The following is a Bahrain Parliament majority Press Release:
In contrast to many expectations of moderation gaining momentum following the Iran nuclear deal, the rulers of Iran have in fact increased the trend of executions, crackdown, export of fundamentalism and terrorism.
During this period Iran’s meddling in the region, especially Syria, has escalated to an unprecedented level and currently 60,000 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its affiliated mercenaries are busy massacring the Syrian people. In addition to the IRGC, the Iranian regime’s classic army in early April announced it has dispatched its commando division to Syria. Most of the money received by Iran as a result of sanctions reliefs are used to purchase weapons for the IRGC and/or the Assad army from Russia and other sources.
Iran’s meddling in Iraq continues as we speak and Camp Liberty, home to refugee members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK) in Baghdad, was targeted in a rocket/missile barrage on 29 October 2015, leading to 24 deaths and the camp left in destruction. Most of the Iranian regime’s oppressive measures are aimed at this organization. The Iranian regime considers the PMOI/MeK its main enemy due to its vast popular support and dedication to a tolerant and pacifist perspective of Islam. For this very reason Tehran never misses an opportunity to impose its oppression against the members and supporters of this organization.
Crackdown against religious minorities, such as the Kurds, Baluchis and Arabs in Iran have intensified, parallel to the inhumane discrimination against the Sunnis.
Iran’s farce elections in late February made it crystal clear that nothing has changed. All the candidates were completely dedicated in heart and soul, and in action, to the mullahs’ establishment and the supreme leader. Despite all this, half of the candidates were disqualified and eliminated by the Guardian Council, a body under the heavy influence of Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei. Those who actually reached the parliament and Assembly of Experts, despite their association to various factions, are no different in their positions on domestic crackdown and exporting terrorism abroad. The so-called moderate Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on March 12th described the IRGC’s presence in Syria and Iraq as a mission to protect sacred Shiite sites. Prior to that Rouhani said Assad’s rule in Syria is legitimate. He also considers executions as implementing the rulings of Islam or the law.
Considering the abovementioned facts, we are requesting the following measures by the governments of Arab and Islamic countries, the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council, the United States and European Union:
1. Strongly condemning the violations of human rights and the rights of religious/ethnic minorities in Iran.
2. Impelling Iran to withdraw its army, IRGC and mercenaries from countries across the region, especially Syria and Iraq. This is a pre-necessity to defeat Daesh (ISIS / ISIL).
3. Guaranteeing safety and security for Liberty residents until their final departure from Iraq.
4. Supporting the Iranian Resistance and its President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as the sole solution in the face of the mullahs’ dictatorship in Iran and the epicenter of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in today’s world.