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Italian Rights Group Writes to PM Giuseppe Conte Over Iran Protests

Italian Rights Group Writes to PM Giuseppe Conte Over Iran Protests
Italian Rights Group Writes to PM Giuseppe Conte Over Iran Protests

The following is the text of a letter by Italian human rights group, the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU), to the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio regarding the crackdown in Iran following the recent nationwide anti-regime protests:

Subject: Appeal for the life and freedom of the citizens of Iran.  

Honorable President of the Council,  

The FIDU - Italian Federation for Human Rights follows with attention to what is happening in Iran, where since November 15, the Government’s decision to suddenly triple the price of fuel triggered protests in dozens of cities in Iran. This decision, as you know, is only one of the many signs of a situation of grave political as well as economic and social crisis, which for years the regime of the ayatollahs has been trying to control with insular impression.  

Just in the first five days of protests, more than 200 protesters have been killed by the Basij militia and other repressive forces in cities such as Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Khorramshahr. Reports also indicate thousands of people have been injured or arrested. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps opened fire on peaceful protesters, who courageously called the authoritarian regime responsible not only for the economic collapse of a country that is among the largest oil producers in the world, but also for systematic violations of human rights, of grave corruption and violations of women and ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.

 

After many democratic governments, such as France and the United States, expressed firm condemnation for the bloody repression of demonstrations by the Iranian regime, we believe that the gravity of the situation requires a similar, decisive stance on the part of Italy, which has a pillar of its own constitution in human and civil rights, as well as its commitment to the international community. 

We ask, Mr. President, that the Italian government clearly condemn the bloody repression of demonstrators in Iran and the blatant violation of part of the civil liberties that the regime is obligated to adhere to by international law.  

Antonio Stango 

Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) 

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