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200 European Lawmakers Support Iran Protests, Endorse Maryam Rajavi’s Call on UN to Probe Protesters’ Deaths

200 European Lawmakers Support Iran Protests, Endorse Maryam Rajavi's Call on Uٔ to Probe Protesters’ Deaths

More than 200 European lawmakers have signed a jointed statement in support of the recent pro-democracy Iran protests and endorsing the call by Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi for the United Nations to probe the regime’s lethal crackdown on unarmed protesters.

On Friday, December 20, 2019, four British lawmakers announced in a press release: “Over two hundred Members of Parliament from 14 European countries have signed a statement expressing support for anti-government protest by millions of Iranians in 191 cities throughout Iran, calling for democracy and human rights.”

Signatories include 50 Members of Parliament from Italy, 50 Members of Parliament from Switzerland, 20 Members of form Portugal and 30 Members of the UK House of Commons and the UK House of Lords as well as Parliamentarians from France, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Malta, Albania, and San Marino, and those beyond Europe in Morocco and Jordan. 

The statement is also supported by several prominent political personalities including former Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, Morocco’s former Minister of Education and Youth Najima Thay Thay and former Jordanian Ministers Saleh al-Ghalab and Bassam Alamoush. 

The parliamentarians who represent diverse political tendencies in Europe condemned the repression of the Iran protests on the orders of Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, and underscored, “terrible video footages show state security forces and revolutionary guards firing guns from the rooftops or from close range at unarmed demonstrators. In many cases, the regime has stepped in to repress the population with helicopters and tanks.”

“The regime attempted to cover up the scale of its crimes by completely cutting off the Internet. But gradually the scope of the crime is becoming clearer. According to the latest reports of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), the principal Iranian opposition, more than 1,500 protesters have been killed, another 4,000 injured and more than 12,000 have been arrested. The MEK has released details of more than 500 victims,” said the press release by Rt Hon David Jones MP, Bob Blackman MP, Lord Clarke of Hampstead CBE and Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool. 

“It is of serious concern that senior government officials have called for the execution of those arrested. President Hassan Rouhani supported the repression of the demonstration and his adviser threatened the MEK, which the regime’s leaders described as the main cause of the uprising, with murder, like the 1988 massacre, during which the Iranian regime executed some 30,000 political prisoners.” 

“The silence of the international community regarding this crime, one of the worst crimes of the 21st century, is unacceptable. The leaders of the Iranian regime have to be held accountable.” 

“The signatories of the statement called on the United Nations, the European Union, and the Member States to condemn the suppression of protesters, to take urgent measures to stop the massacre and release of detainees and to provide the Iranian people with free Internet access.” 

“They also endorsed Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI’s President’s call to United Nations to send an investigative fact-finding mission to visit the uprising detainees in Iran and call on the Security Council to investigate crimes against humanity in Iran and hold its officials accountable for their crimes and to face justice,” the press release added.

Rt Hon David Jones MP is a Conservative member of the UK House of Commons and co-President of the International Committee of Parliamentarians for a Democratic Iran. 

Bob Blackman MP is a Conservative member of the UK House of Commons and a member of the International Committee of Parliamentarians for a Democratic Iran. 

The Lord Clarke of Hampstead CBE is a Labour member of the House of Lords. 

Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool is an Independent Crossbench Member of the House of Lords.