MEK Iran: European Parliament Condemns Regime’s use of the Death Penalty
On February 17, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the use of the death sentence in Iran at its regular session in Strasburg. Six hundred and seventeen MEPs voted in favour, with 59 abstentions and eight votes against. The massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran was also criticized by members of the European Parliament. They demanded an international, impartial investigation into the matter, as well as the prosecution of the clerics’ leaders, including Ebrahim Raisi, the current president of the mullahs.
“Since Ebrahim Raisi assumed office as president in August 2021, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of executions, including women,” the EP resolution stated.”Per capita, Iran is thought to execute the most individuals in the world. Of course, this is a country that lacks a fair and independent judiciary. “The President of Iran was a member of the Death Commission in the 1988 massacre, in which 30,000 political detainees were judicially murdered,” said Radoslaw Sikorski, a member of the European Parliament and a former Polish foreign minister.
According to accounts, 400 to 500 women are brutally murdered in Iran every year in so-called ‘honour killings,'” per the resolution. “In certain cases, ‘honour killings’ are permissible without consequence under the Iranian Penal Code.”
“Women in Islamic fundamentalist regimes pay the heaviest price,” according to MEP Susanna Ceccardi of the Identity and Democracy Party. I have in my eyes the images of a shocking video, where a husband beheading his seventeen-year-old wife, accused of adultery, walks the streets smiling, exposing his head like a trophy. A man who murders his 14-year-old daughter in Iran faces eight years in prison, while a woman who removes her veil faces up to 24.”
“Women and men frequently face no justice in crimes committed against them in the name of ‘honour,'” according to the resolution. “For example, on February 5, 2022, Mona Heydari was beheaded by her husband, who then paraded the streets with her severed head in the south-western city of Ahvaz; and in May 2020, Romina Ashrafi, aged 13, was beheaded by her own father with a sickle while she was sleeping.”
“The large-scale enforced disappearances and summary murders of political dissidents that occurred in 1988,” the EP resolution continues, “have to date not been the subject of any investigation, and no one has been held accountable for them.”
“The Iranian regime’s human rights record is abysmal. One of the cruellest examples of this is the death sentence. Despite numerous requests from the world community, the authorities continue to carry out death penalties on a daily basis in 2021, with an average of one per day. “On behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, MEP Jordi Solé stated that the “country is one of the few in the world that executes adolescents and juvenile offenders in plain violation of international law.”
MEP Anna Fotyga, Coordinator of the European Conservatives and Reformists Party:
I wonder if we are being too generous to the Iranian regime because when we speak of the death penalty, even with the unreserved rejection of it as this is the case, I mean it suggests that previous judicial procedure, some kind of legality. That is not the case. In fact, there is no death penalty in Iran. There are sheer executions: state murder as a form of crime against humanity. Look at the appalling repression, enforced disappearances, and massive executions of political dissidents in the 1988 massacre and notice that there has been no investigation or accountability for these crimes that involve the current leader of Iran in a prominent role. Look at the horrifying record of Iran in executions: at least 275 last year, including 10 women and two child offenders. We cannot turn a blind eye.
The resolution’s findings reaffirmed the EP’s “strong opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances” and urged Iran to “implement an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a step toward abolishing the death penalty and to commute all death sentences.”
It also urged Iran’s authorities to “immediately amend Article 91 of the Islamic Penal Code of Iran to expressly prohibit the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by persons under the age of 18 in all circumstances and without any discretion for judges to impose the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of release for crimes committed by persons under the age of 18.”