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Julie Ward MEP speaks out for human rights in Iran in European Parliament

NCRI – Julie Ward, a Member of the European Parliament from the United Kingdom, expressed her solidarity with the mother of Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman in her 20s who was executed last year by Iran’s fundamentalist regime for defending herself against an assault by a state intelligence agent.

Ms. Ward said she supports the people of Iran “in their struggle for a fair and free democracy.”

She is “particularly concerned at the violence against women in Iran under the current regime.”

“As a mother, I stand in solidarity with Reyhaneh Jabbari’s mother and all the other mothers of Iran who have lost their sons and daughters at the hands of this cruel regime,” Ms. Ward said.

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Reyhaneh Jabbari’s mother spoke out against the injustices in Iran by the mullahs’ regime at a gathering on Sunday at Tehran’s Behesht Zahra Cemetery to mark the first anniversary of her daughter’s execution.

Sholeh Pakravan said there are “hundreds and hundreds” of mother’s in Iran who cannot sleep at night because their sons and daughters have been snatched away from them by the authorities in Iran.

Iran’s fundamentalist regime last year executed Ms. Pakravan’s daughter, Reyhaneh, at the age of 26.

When she was just 19 years old, Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari was working as a decorator when she was forced to defend herself against a rape attempt by an intelligence agent. She was jailed for seven years and was executed on October 25, 2014 despite an international campaign to save her.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi said at the time that Ms. Jabbari’s execution had political motives and that it was unlawful even in the framework of the mullahs’ medieval laws. Mrs. Rajavi called for an independent international probe into the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari as an example of arbitrary, extrajudicial and criminal death sentences in Iran that have taken on added dimensions since Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the regime’s President.

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