MEK Iran-Iranian Communities in Europe Prepare to Demonstrate Javad Zarif’s Arrival at the UN
Iranian communities across Europe and supporters of the MEK will travel to the United Nation’s headquarters on the 26th of February to protest the arrival of Javad Zarif, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister. Between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, the Iranian opposition and their international allies will protest at Place des Nations and call for the Iranian regime and Javad Zarif´s immediate removal from the United Nations.
Rally in Geneva Feb 26
Protest Javad Zarif’s Presence at the @EU_UNGeneva
Zarif represents 120,000 political executions,torture,stoning,gouging out eyes,terrorism & development of WMD
He must not be allowed in 2 the #UN#ZarifOutOfUN#FreeIran
Live Tweet:@4FreedominIran@UNGeneva pic.twitter.com/qmdKLrmKdH
— IranGathering (@IranGathering) February 25, 2019
Zarif is part of the regime leadership that has organized at least 120,000 executions of Iranian citizens. It has routinely employed torture and terrorism. Medieval torture methods have been permitted to return to Iran, including stoning, eye gouging, and sleep deprivation.
The UN General Assembly has condemned the regime’s use of torture on 65 separate occasions, yet still welcomes regime figures into the UN General Assembly.
A Year of Shame
Speaking about the human rights abuses carried out in Iran, human rights group Amnesty International’s the Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, said, “2018 will go down in history as a ‘year of shame’ for Iran.”
The Iranian regime responded to a growing protest movement by intensifying its bloody crackdown on political dissent and free speech. The regime arrested at least 7,000 protestors in the twelve-month period, with many of them languishing in regime custody on arbitrary charges.
In December, Amnesty International revealed the findings of its investigation into the 1988 massacre of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The regime executed 30,000 MEK members in a single summer in 1988. The lack of international response, both at the time and since the massacre, has empowered the Iranian regime and led it to conclude that it can carry out violent human rights abuses with impunity.
There are signs of change on the horizon, however, the change will only materialize if the Iranian community, both at home and abroad, applies pressure to international organizations like the UN.
Amnesty International issued a statement to the UN Human Rights Council calling for the group to investigate the Iranian regime and its conduct in 1988 in its next session.
It is in this vein that the Alliance for Public Awareness-Iranian Communities in Europe (APA-ice) invites all Iranians to participate in the upcoming demonstration in Geneva. It is up to the Iranian diaspora living in Europe to give their family and friends in Iran voices. The regime is doing everything it can to silence these voices, but they must, and will, be heard.