Richard Ashworth MEP: Over 1000 executions in Iran in 2015

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NCRI - Richard Ashworth, a Member of the European Parliament from the United Kingdom, has reiterated that the Iranian regime’s president Hassan Rouhani is not a ‘moderate’ as he claims to be.

Mr. Ashworth, who is a strong supporter of freedom and democracy in Iran, pointed to over 1000 executions carried out in Iran in 2015 under Rouhani’s watch.


Text of remarks by Richard Ashworth MEP:

“We were very happy to host Mrs. Maryam Rajavi in the European Parliament last week. She received great support from many members of the parliament, who came from all of the different political groups. And we were all there to demonstrate our support for her vision for a free and democratic Iran, an Iran that is free from nuclear ambitions, an Iran which is free from the death penalty and an Iran that can once again be a valued partner in a peaceful world; not a threat.

We have to remind our governments that Iranian President Rouhani is not a moderate. Over 1000 people were hanged last year in Iran which has made it the number one executioner state in the world. And with a human rights record like that, no state could ever claim to be moderate.

The recent elections in Iran were not real. How can they be when the opposition candidates are not allowed to run? That’s not an election, that’s a selection within the ruling power itself. And therefore we in the European Parliament will continue our efforts and continue to support the democratic opposition until the day we get a truly free democratic election being held in Iran. Thank you.”

Members of the European Parliament have spoken out in support of human rights and democracy in Iran through support for the democratic opposition led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.