MEK: Human Rights Snapback on Iran
On Saturday, 12 September the Iranian Regime announced the execution of Iranian wrestling champion, Navid Afkari, despite an international outcry to stop his execution decree. This brutal execution, as it was accepted, raised an international wave of opposition from all around the world. On Twitter, #NavidAfkari was trending. Iranian dissidents, supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). from Australia to the U.S and Europe rallied in 22 different cities in front of Iranian regime embassies including:
London, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, etc. Ministry of foreign affairs of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, UK, and the U.S. officially condemned the execution of Navid Afkari.
#Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI-#MEK) and the NCRI staged a rally in Paris to protest the execution of #NavidAfkari #NoImpunity4Mullahs pic.twitter.com/fNvEM7UqvU
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) September 12, 2020
International Olympics Committee, FIFA, UFC, International Wrestlers Union are some of the sports organizations which condemned the hasty execution of Navid Afkari.
When Javad Zarif, MF of Iran, was planning his trip to EU countries, Germany, one of the known E3 countries in JCPOA, canceled Zarif’s visit. With the crucial needs of the Iranian regime to E3 countries in order to find a solution for the activated snapback mechanism by the U.S. in the UN security council, the execution of Iranian Wrestler uncovers the so-called moderate faces of Zarif and Rouhani. Now, EU countries observe the Iranian regime as the people of Iran do and chanted in their slogans back in 2017: “Reformists, Hardliners, the game is over.” Maybe the game between Iran and the EU is over too.
Fortunately, it is not necessary to stay a month or two to see this wind of change in Europe. In a letter to the Deputy Attorney General of the Swiss Confederation in Bern, the Vaud Provincial Prosecutor’s Office wrote that he has set aside the previous decision of the Prosecutor’s Office to close the case of the assassination of Dr. Kazem Rajavi and that he has transferred the case.
In fact, the case has been transferred to the Attorney General’s Office to be revisited in the context of “genocide and crimes against humanity”. Dr. Kazem Rajavi was assassinated on April 24, 1990, by terrorists dispatched by the Iranian regime. In early June 2020, Vaud Prosecutor announced his decision to close the case because 30 years had passed since the assassination.
But the deputy attorney general writes: “The genocide and crimes against humanity fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Swiss Confederation, and their investigation or trial in other jurisdictions is completely prohibited. In such circumstances, the Vaud Provincial Prosecutor’s Office cannot investigate the related events from the aforesaid perspectives, as that would fall within the jurisdiction of the Confederate Attorney General. Therefore, the Vaud Provincial Prosecutor’s Office will suspend any action about this case until the Confederate Prosecutor’s Office makes a formal decision.”
Europe in its relationships with Iran is reaching a point that it has avoided for the past 40 years. Human rights violation is the conflict point. Because Europe is established based on the rule of law, the judicial systems can raise human rights issues in Iran above the financial interests of some politicians. Thus, human rights and terrorism are becoming the most concerning issue between Iran and EU relationships. Besides, the extreme human rights violations by the Iranian regime remain under the subject of International terrorism or crime against humanity.
For instance, on 30 July the case of terrorism of the Iranian diplomat terrorist in Antwerp court in Belgium was transferred to the Antwerp Special Counter-Terrorism Branch. The first session of the court, 15 July, upheld the indictment of the federal prosecutor against these terrorists, and agreed with the request of the federal prosecutor to put Asadollah Assadi and his accomplices on trial on two charges of “attempted terrorist act with intention of murder” and “participation in a terrorist group.”
#Iranian regime’s reign of terror in the 1980s worsened, the #PMOI / #MEK #Iran became more established. However, this brought about the most vicious crackdowns by the regime and Dr. Rajavi was assassinated.https://t.co/hN0fkYK4XM #IRGCTerrorWithoutBorders @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/mISeKp8cS2
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) June 18, 2020
In fact, human rights violations either inside Iran (e.g. Navid Afkari and Massacre 1988) or terrorism outside the country are all aligned under the same policy agenda. As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), stated the assassination of Dr. Rajavi was part of the clerical regime’s plan to commit genocide and crime against humanity, which began in 1981 with the mass executions of political prisoners and climaxed in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. It has continued until today, with hiding the martyrs’ graves, the mass murder of 1,500 protesters during the November 2019 uprising.
Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) December 16, 2019
The brutal torture of those arrested and the executions of detained protesters, such as Mostafa Salehi and Navid Afkari. Dr. Kazem Rajavi, the great martyr to the cause of human rights, exposed this massive crime against humanity and genocide, which aroused the anger of the masterminds of the 1988 massacre.
In conclusion, human rights and terrorism are cases that when Europe decides to open for the Iranian regime, the known EU foreign policy towards the middle east must be totally revised. Europe is avoiding snapback to the Iranian regime. However, EU policymakers must be aware that postponing the snapback will make the mullahs more vigorous to expand its arms of terrorism and execution. On the other hand, when the people of Iran sees that the world comes after criminals even in their country, they can get organized to put an end to the Iranian regime terrorism and human rights violations.