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Iran: Forty Members of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Call for Revision of Iran Policy

On Thursday, February 4, the court in Belgium will announce its verdict about Iran’s diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi who attempted to bomb the opposition rally in 2018 in France.
A letter was written by 40 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to PACE’s President, the Hon. Rik Daems regarding this case.
“for a review of policy toward Iran in all areas [and] serious and effective measures,” reads the letter adding, “any economic and trade relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran on the improvement of the human rights situation in Iran and an end to the regime’s terrorism on European soil.”
Senator Roberto Rampi, Secretary of the national delegation from Italy at PACE released the following press release in this regard:

40 Members of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) call for revision of Iran policy, effective measures to counter Iran’s repression at home, terrorism abroad

Rome, Italy, February 2 – 40 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from all political groups, from 21 European countries, wrote a letter to PACE’s President, the Hon. Rik Daems, expressing their “grave concerns on the situation of human rights in Iran,” adding, “For four decades, the Iranian regime has been brutally oppressing its people and while they have been indiscriminate in stripping citizens of their every individual and social rights, women, youth and minorities have faced the most oppression.”

The parliamentarians also noted, “The domestic policy of repression and exporting terrorism and fundamentalism abroad have been the foundation of Iran’s survival strategy for decades, with the latter having been supported by Iran’s embassies in Europe.”

Referring to the foiled bombing plot against the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance’s (NCRI) major gathering in Villepinte, near Paris, in June 2018, the lawmakers highlighted the conclusion of the Belgian National Security Service (VSSE), which stated, “The plans for the attack were developed in the name of Iran at the request of its leadership.”

The signatories also denounced Tehran regime’s policy of “blackmail[ing] Western countries by using dual nationals as pawns in exchange for its terrorists in foreign jails.”

These nefarious actions, they emphasized, calls “for a review of policy toward Iran in all areas [and] serious and effective measures,” that included predicating “any economic and trade relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran on the improvement of the human rights situation in Iran and an end to the regime’s terrorism on European soil.”

In recalling the “statement by the Council of the European Union dated April 29, 1997,” they stressed that “agents and mercenaries of Iran’s intelligence services with diplomatic, journalistic, and economic cover should be tried, punished, and expelled, and centers with a religious or cultural cover promoting terrorism and fundamentalism should be closed,” adding, “Granting asylum and citizenship to MOIS agents and mercenaries should be a red line.”

Copies of the letter were forwarded to the Honorables Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of EU Commission.

Senator Roberto Rampi
Secretary of the national delegation from Italy at PACE

Co-Sponsor:
Hon. Anna ZÁBORSKÁ,
Chairperson of national delegation from Slovak Republic at PACE

The full text of the letter is below:

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