MEK: What Policy Should the EU Adopt Towards Iran?
At the end of November, the trial of Iranian diplomat terrorist Assadollah Assadi started in Belgium. This was very welcome news to the Iranian Resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), as it is the first time one of the regime’s diplomats has been held accountable for participating in terrorist activities.
Another welcome development for the Iranian Resistance, the (NCRI), and the (PMOI / MEK Iran) is the European Union’s adoption of a global human rights sanctions regime.
Jean #Asselborn welcomes today’s adoption by the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU global human rights sanctions regime, a new tool for #EU to stand up for human rights. A few days ahead of #HumanRightsDay FM Asselborn stressed need to address human rights violations worldwide pic.twitter.com/oKCP4z9YrL
— MFA Luxembourg 🇱🇺 (@MFA_Lu) December 7, 2020
Assadollah Assadi and his three accomplices were as good as caught red-handed plotting to bomb the Iranian Resistance’s Free Iran gathering by the (NCRI), and the (PMOI / MEK Iran). Assadi tried to get himself out of the situation by playing the diplomatic card. As the third secretary of the regime’s embassy in Vienna, he believed that he could get away with his terror activities. But it was not to be.
Had the plot not been foiled by European authorities, hundreds or even thousands of people could have been killed. It has become clear that Assadi is not an alone terrorist, rather he is working with and on the orders of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the foreign ministry.
His three accomplices have been living in Europe and have been gathering intelligence about the Iranian Resistance, the (NCRI), and the (PMOI / MEK Iran). They were on the MOIS’ payroll. During the trial, it came to light that the regime has been using diplomatic privileges to pursue its terrorist activities on European soil. Not that this is new information because the Iranian Resistance, the (NCRI), and the (PMOI / MEK Iran) has been warning about this for years.
With regards to the new human rights sanctions regime adopted by the EU on 7th December, it is bad news for the Iranian regime because it is allowing European countries to target bodies, individuals, and entities – state actors or otherwise – that are involved with the violation of human rights that have taken place anywhere in the world.
Worldwide human rights are increasingly under pressure. This is unacceptable. Today, 70 years after the adoption of the #UDHR, the EU decided to further develop a blueprint for an EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime. #HumanrightsPower #Standup4humanrights pic.twitter.com/ay2YH6ScUV
— Stef Blok (@ministerBlok) December 10, 2018
Just a few days later, the seven Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations wrote a letter to the Iranian regime calling on it to investigate the 1988 Massacre in which more than 30,000 political prisoners were killed. The Special Rapporteurs warned that they would call on the international community to open an investigation if the Iranian regime could not live up to its obligations under international human rights laws.
#MEK members have also been targeted for their key role in organizing and leading the uprisings. Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi was a notorious death commissioner during the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 the (#PMOI #Iran). https://t.co/cArZJtnWMv pic.twitter.com/e0q8OumqEH
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 16, 2020
The EU and the wider international community have failed to hold the regime accountable. With the recent trial of Assadi and his accomplices and the new human rights sanctions regime, now is the time for the EU to really establish some effective policy towards Iran.
Instead of prioritizing economic interests, the EU has the chance to prioritize human rights. And to protect its own territory too against the Iranian regime’s terrorist plots. The EU values human rights so it should apply these same values to citizens in the countries in which trade deals are negotiated.
The EU could lead an international investigation into the 1988 Massacre. It will not make up for its previous silence to this crime against humanity, but it is a start.