MEK: EU’s Sanctions Regime Must Include Iran
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reported that the European Commission proposed an EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime in October to streamline the process of sanctioning human rights abusers in all parts of the world, with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen citing previous problems in responding to abuses in Belarus, Turkey, and Russia as evidence for why it is needed.
Not responding to human rights abuses in Iran!
You’ll notice that she didn’t mention Iran, which is one of the leading state-sanctioned human rights abuses in the world. The EU is often strangely silent on Iran’s abuses and will likely continue to be so when the Global Sanctions Regime comes into force in 2021, which raises the question of why?
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After all, it’s not like Iran’s violations of human rights are hidden. As much as the regime tries, the people consistently leak these abuses through international media outlets.
The nationwide uprising in Iran
In November 2019, the Iranian regime killed 1,500 protesters in just a few days. as confirmed by Reuters and Amnesty International because they fired indiscriminately into the crowds, shooting to kill. This came just two years after hundreds of protesters were massacred in another uprising.
1988 Massacre of 30,000
Furthermore, in 1988, the regime killed 30,000 political prisoners in an attempt to exterminate the (PMOI / MEK Iran). They then buried the people in mass graves, some of which they’ve destroyed to hide evidence. Amnesty has verified this, plenty of politicians and human rights groups have talked about it since, and, in September 2020, seven UN human rights experts demanded explanations from the regime regarding the ongoing harassment of survivors and relatives for pursuing justice.
The letter, made public after they received no response, showed that many of the perpetrators actually have positions of power in Iran, including the Justice Minister and Judiciary Chief. Another perpetrator, former Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, said he was “proud” to have killed so many. Because of this, there should be no doubt that the regime, if left to its own devices, will only continue to attack its people because they see no consequences.
The Iranian Resistance MEK wrote: “At virtually every turn, EU policy discussions have ignored these [human rights abuses] in favor of a narrow focus that puts the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ahead of all other matters… [The signatories] released a joint statement affirming a mutual commitment to keeping [the deal] on life support pending possible re-entry by the United States following next month’s presidential transition. The United Kingdom, France, Germany could have easily conditioned any negotiations with the regime to the ongoing human rights abuses and EU principles… But no statement of this kind appears to be forthcoming, and that is why Tehran will see it as a license to continue its abuses with little fear of consequence.”
The EU’s appeasement strategy must end because it cannot even keep Europe safe from Iran’s abuses, let alone the Iranian people.