Hundreds of Iranian exiles opposed to the Iranian regime took part in a rally on Tuesday in front of the UN Headquarters in Geneva to protest grave violations of human rights in Iran.
The protest in Place des Nations coincided with the current session of the UN’s Human Rights Council that began in Geneva Yesterday.
The protest was originally planned to coincide with the presence of the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif in Geneva who was scheduled to address the UN Council today, but he announced his resignation yesterday in Tehran.
The protesters who were supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, the principal Iranian opposition movement, carried Iranian flags and banners denouncing various aspects of the Iranian regime’s egregious human rights record, the number one executioner in the world per capita.
Protestors carried posters in support of continuing anti-regime protests in Iranian cities that begun more than a year ago, and general strikes covering big parts of Iranian industries and infrastructure during past year. According to human rights organizations, including the Amnesty International thousands of protestors were arrested by the Iranian regime in 2018, while many of them have died under torture during their imprisonment.
Strong vocal support was announced for “resistance units” in Iran who contribute, in an organized manner, to the ongoing unrest in the country.
A number of Swiss politicians attended the meeting in solidarity with the demands of protesters and the Iranian Resistance.
“You are welcome here in Geneva, as all signs tell us that the end of dictatorship approaches in Iran,” said Remy Pagani, former Mayor of Geneva and a current member of Geneva’s regional parliament.
“Protest movements begun in late 2017 and continuing to this day with the slogan ‘reformist, fundamentalist, this game is over’ shows clearly that the Iranian people are no longer bound by deceiving maneuvers of the regime, and this means that we would, you would, soon return triumphantly to Iran,” added Mr. Pagani.
All signs tell us that the end of dictatorship approaches in Iran.Remy Pagani, former Mayor of Geneva and a current member of Geneva’s regional parliament
Marc Falquet, member of Geneva parliament, said in his speech: “(Mohammad-Javad) Zarif was foreign minister to a regime who has executed 1600 people only under (president Hassan) Rohani’s mandate. Your struggle is the struggle of light against darkness, you would build a brilliant example in the future Iran.”
Protest movements begun in late 2017 and continuing to this day with the slogan ‘reformist, fundamentalist, this game is over’ shows clearly that the Iranian people are no longer bound by deceiving maneuvers of the regime, and this means that we would, you would, soon return triumphantly to Iran”
Remy Pagani, former Mayor of Geneva and a current member of Geneva’s regional parliament
Christiane Perregaux, former vice-president of Geneva’s Constitutional Assembly, recalled the mass execution of Iranian political prisoners in 1988, and called the UN Human Rights Council to hear Iranians working for freedom and democracy.
Ms. Dowlat Nowrouzi, the Representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in the UK stressed: “With or without Zarif, those who commandeered or executed crimes and terrorist acts on behalf of this regime under the guise of moderates against radicals have their real place before the International Court of Justice for their crimes against humanity.”
Protestors called for decisive measures by the UN and the International community in the face of a regime holding the world record for public executions and the main sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism.
They called for expulsion of the Iranian diplomats from international organizations like the UN and Western countries. A number of Iranian diplomats have been expelled from European countries in 2018 for their direct role in terrorist plots in those countries. An Iranian diplomat is in jail in Brussels waiting for trial as the mastermind of the terror plot to bomb the major international gathering in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Paris on June 30.
Iranians carried pictures of Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian resistance. They expressed their support for the 10 point plan of Ms. Rajavi for the future of the country, a plan calling for abolition of the death penalty, separation of State and church, gender equality, religious liberties in a democratic pluralistic ruling system for the country.
A number of representatives of Iranian communities in Europe also addressed the rally.