Press release - 18 May 2017

On the eve of the Iranian presidential “elections”, 156 members of the European Parliament issued a joint statement (attached) and declared: “The elections in Iran are not free and fair. Opposition is banned. All candidates have to declare their heartfelt belief to the concept of supreme clerical rule. An unelected body named the ‘Guardian Council’, whose members are appointed by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, disqualifies most of the candidates.”

 

European lawmakers have expressed concern about “high number of executions in Iran.” Adding “More than 3000 people have been hanged during the first term of the ‘moderate’ President Hassan Rouhani.” They said: “In a public speech on Iranian television, Rouhani described executions as ‘a good law’ and ‘the law of God!’ He also openly expressed full support for Bashar Assad even after the chemical attack in April which killed many people, including children.”

The MEP’s emphasized that Rouhani’s “Justice Minister was a key member of the so called “Death Committee” that approved the summary mass executions of over 30,000 political prisoners.” Rouhani’s main rival in the elections, Ebrahim Raisi, was also himself a member of that Death Committee. From the young age of eighteen, Raisi was a deputy prosecutor in Tehran and has always maintained top positions in the Iranian judiciary, signing orders of execution for thousands of political opponents.
  
The extensive campaign of the Iranian opposition against this fake election, and its call for a regime change, has troubled the Iranian officials. Ayatollah Khamenei, said any one “wanting to take any measures against the country’s security in the election will certainly receive a hard reaction and slap in the face.”

The official news agencies in recent weeks, have reported of Iranian opposition, PMOI network activities “for effecting the elections”. Various government websites have written of “Campaign for boycotting the elections” and “ calls for street protests” and “hanging portraits of Maryam Rajavi in streets of Tehran.” According to video clips from Iran, the pictures were accompanied by slogans such as “No to murderer Raisi, no to imposter Rouhani, Our vote: Regime overthrow.”

In their joint statement, the MEPs concluded “Any further expansion of relations with Iran must be conditioned to a clear progress on human rights, women’s rights and a halt to executions.”
 
Gérard Deprez MEP
Chair, Friends of a Free Iran
European Parliament
Strasbourg

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