Joint statement by the European Parliamentarians on the uprising of the Iranian people - February 9, 2018
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 the 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 the slogans such as “Death of Khamenei, Death to Rouhani, Death to the dictator, Let go of Syria, think about us …” expressed their will for the overthrow of the entire mullahs regime.
8000 protesters were arrested and 50 were killed, 12 of whom died under torture. The head of the regime's Prisons Organization confirmed the arrest of 5,000 people. Despite this brutal crackdown, the first and second day of February once again many cities in the country were 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 January 31, 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 December 28th, Khamenei's representative said the people came to the streets with “the call of Mojahedin (PMOI), whose leader is a woman,” and on January 2nd , 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)”
asked to take action against a Paris-based Iranian opposition, PMOI, which he was accused of fomenting the recent protests ... (AFP)
On January 9, Khamenei said that the organizers of the uprising in Iran were Mojahedin. "Since several months ago (they were ready) to organize, and meet this person and that; and to select some people inside... ". In his speech, he threatened the detainees with execution. On January 27th, 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 January 24, 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 Part