MEK Iran: E.U.’s Policy of Prioritizing the Economy Over Human Rights Gives the Mullahs a Free Pass
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reported that Iran has executed another Iranian dual passport holder, normally a resident of France. In response, both France and the EU have condemned the execution and canceled a meeting in Tehran between the EU Foreign Affairs Minister and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The Iranian regime obviously doesn’t make much of the EU’s response as it immediately called in European ambassadors in Tehran. It seems as if the mullahs think they are immune from any real pressure from the EU. But why do they think they can get away with their abysmal human rights record?
The Europe-Iran Business Forum has postponed its virtual event after the execution of journalist #RuhollahZam signifying that accusations of human rights abuse inside #Iran maybe becoming an uncomfortable issue for European businesses. #HumanRights @TheWarMonitor @Natsecjeff https://t.co/te7wesJM9a
— Intelfeedia (@intelfeedia) December 14, 2020
It seems that the EU has pursued an appeasement policy over the years, ignoring or turning a blind eye towards Iran, with even the most heinous and obvious actions by the regime being ignored or only a muted rebuff offered in response.
Last week, a group of seven United Nations special rapporteurs and human rights experts delivered a ‘please explain” letter to Iran, after an examination of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. They said that the massacre could be regarded as a crime against humanity.”
Even after Zarif had been attending meetings in Europe in September 2019, the regime felt so emboldened that it could get away with killing 1,500 protesters in November 2019. 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.
Zarif himself even threatened Iranian exiles living in Scandinavia during his visit there. He told Iranian protesters in Europe that they would be “eaten alive” by Iranian thugs hired by the regime.
The same arrogance was shown when popular champion wrestler, Navid Afkari, was executed after an international campaign to get his sentence overturned. It was as if the regime just didn’t care what the world thought about it. Simply condemning human rights abuses don’t stop regimes like that of the mullahs from doing precisely just what they want.
The hosting of #Zarif by the leaders of these Scandinavian countries is quite unacceptable for the #Iranian people. They should remember that history has not looked kindly on appeasement of #Nazi fascism in the early 20th century https://t.co/RlyXZghgUc pic.twitter.com/6MX0GbALUh
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) August 20, 2019
An example of Europe’s befuddled attitude towards Iran can be shown by the statement made after the cancelation of the Europe-Iran Business Forum in Tehran following Zam’s execution: “European and Iranian policymakers continue to engage in the necessary dialogue to establish the appropriate conditions for effective economic diplomacy.”
Mr. Josep Borrell should remember that when he meets Zarif eventually, this is the man who boasted about Iran being the “greatest democracy on Earth.” Presumably, in Zarif’s warped views, the highest execution rate on Earth is a sure sign of democracy.
The three-day Europe-Iran Business Forum had been due to kick off with keynote remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
— Opoyi (@Opoyis) December 14, 2020
The EU should also cast their minds towards what has been happening in an Antwerp court, where Zarif’s diplomat-terrorist, Assadollah Assadi, has been on trial for an attempt to blow up a rally held in the heart of Europe in a Paris suburb. The bomb attack never happened because the perpetrators had been watched by security forces. Nevertheless, if it had occurred, hundreds, possibly thousands of attendees, including foreign parliamentarians and politicians could have been killed or seriously injured. The fact that this bomb plot had been masterminded by the Iranian regime, including Mohammad Javad Zarif himself, has been mentioned by the prosecutor in Belgium. Does the EU not know that Iran is carrying out terrorist attacks on European soil? Does the EU think that appeasing the Iranian regime means that these sorts of attacks won’t continue?
Mr. Borrell was proud to announce the EU’s “global human rights sanctions regime,” but the lack of a firm attitude towards the Iranian dictatorship means that their own policy is being held up to ridicule.
It is not too late for the EU to stop its policy of appeasement. The 1988 massacre should be fully investigated. The role of anyone, including Zarif, in the massacre and subsequent human rights abuses should also be investigated. The perpetrators of these abuses should be held to account by the International Criminal Court and links with the Iranian regime suspended and their diplomatic missions closed down.
Tags: #FreeIran2018, 1988 Massacre, Human Rights, Iran Diplomat Terrorist, Iran Opposition, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), NCRI, People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI