By Staff writer, Iran Probe
Friday, 29 January 2016
Rouhani’s visit to Paris sparked protests from Iranian opposition group, French political figures, human rights organizations and activists, and French citizens. The People’s Mujaheedin of Iran (PMOI/ Mek) held a large demonstration over Rouhani’s human rights abuse record, and use of the death penalty, calling upon French authorities to chastise Iranian regime’s President for the policy of export of terrorism and fundamentalism, and the destructive conflicts in the region, especially for buttressing the Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.. 61 French lawmakers signed an open letter to the President Hollande condemning Iran's human rights record, with executions on the rise, and what it called its "strategy of chaos" in the Middle East.
In an interview with IBTimesUK, Hossein Abedini, UK spokesperson and member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said: "People are fed up after 35 years of a religious dictatorship that has executed 120,000 people, not to mention thousands of executions that have happened secretly." He alleged: "Torture, stoning – these have been going on under Rouhani.”
Abedini said the removal of sanction in the country actually came as positive news.
"There were a lot of illegitimate concessions to the regime, but we believe that after this deal the regime has become weaker," he said.
"Iranian people are now asking for their salaries. Some people have not been paid for months, and they were told it was because there was no money because of the sanctions.
The mass demonstration comes just weeks into 2016, during which time more than 52 people have been executed in Iran, with a report by Amnesty International published on 25 January stating that as many as 160 juvenile offenders were currently awaiting execution in the Islamic republic.
In this massive demonstration Sid Ahmad Ghozali, former Algerian Prime Minister; Senator Jean-Pierre Michel; Giulio Maria Terzi, former Italian Foreign Minister; Alejo Vidal-Quadras, President of the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) and former Vice-President of the European Parliament; Rama Yade, former French Secretary of State for Human Rights; Henri Leclerc, prominent French lawyer and jurist and many other French lawmakers were among the speakers.
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