Guy Verhofstadt: “Raisi was one of the main perpetrators of the mass murder of over 30,000 political prisoners in 1988.”
PARIS, FRANCE, Jan. 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to a statement from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Secretariat, on Monday, January 17, 2022, a conference titled “Holding the Iranian Regime Accountable for Genocide, Terrorism and nuclear challenge”, was held at the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Auvers-sur-Oise (north of Paris).
NCRI President-elect, Ms. Maryam Rajavi, and a number of prominent European politicians, including Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, and Prime Minister of Belgium (1999-2008), Frederic Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden (2006-2014) , John Bercow, Speaker of the UK House of Commons (2009-2019); and Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs (2002-2004 and 2008-2011) and European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security (2004-2008), attended and spoke at the conference.
In her opening speech, Mrs. Rajavi described the state of overthrow of the mullahs’ regime and said: This situation is above all due to the will of the Iranian people to bring about fundamental change.
The regime has no other solution to contain the uprisings than through repression. Referring to the deep roots of the Iranian Resistance in the heart of Iranian society and its dependence on a rebel and combatant youth movement, as well as its role in the fight against extremism under the banner of Islam, she underlined that this resistance has the power to bring about democratic change in Iran.
Recalling the failed experience of the West in supporting the Shah’s dictatorship until the last months of his reign, she stressed the need for a correct and responsible policy on the part of the international community, in particular the West, to support the Iranian people and recognize their struggle to overthrow the regime. It is the inalienable right of the Iranian people.
In another part of her speech, Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that by acquiring an atomic bomb, the Iranian regime wants to find a way out of the current crisis, which has endangered its existence. The regime’s nuclear projects are completely against the national interests of the Iranian people. Negotiating with a regime that does not adhere to any rule or law only buys him time.
The international community must restore the six UN Security Council resolutions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear projects. It should completely halt the regime’s uranium enrichment and shut down the regime’s nuclear sites. Unconditional inspections are essential to prevent the regime’s access to an atomic bomb.
In his remarks, Mr. Verhofstadt questioned the impunity enjoyed by the regime. “Iran’s impunity crisis came to a head in June when Raisi was named the regime’s president.
He was one of the main perpetrators of the mass murder of more than 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. Instead of being tried for crimes against humanity, he served as president.
This shows that impunity is endemic in Iran. The architects and perpetrators of genocide must always be brought to justice,” he said, adding, “Instead of remaining silent, we must bring our concerns about human rights abuses to the fore.
A firm policy should also apply to the nuclear deal with Iran. The talks with Iran should not be a smokescreen for tackling human rights conditions in Iran. Any agreement should include a chapter on human rights and the rule of law in Iran.
Mr. Bercow stressed: “I support your call for a secular and democratic republic and I support Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan for a free Iran. The 1988 massacre must be investigated.
Ebrahim Raisi must be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. “It’s a shame,” Mr. Bercow added, noting that “democracies must recognize that there is an essential difference between dealing with other democracies and dealing with other countries whose regimes are not democracies.
The conciliatory approach yielded no results. This is the point of sending the regime a clear message that if it does not suspend its nuclear program, UN sanctions will be reapplied. Expressing his support for the Iranian people’s protests, he added, “No to the Shah, no to religious dictatorship, no to theocracy, yes to democracy.”
In his remarks, Mr. Reinfeldt said, “Raisi does not support the Iranian people. He was chosen among a few men to keep control. The situation in Iran is particularly worrying.
There is a very dangerous combination. It combines authoritarianism and religious dictatorship. In the name of Islam they say it is right to hate each other and kill people. He added: “We need Europe to unite and stand up for values and push back against authoritarian rulers, including the mullahs in Iran. They are a threat to the world by abusing Islam, seeking nuclear weapons and destabilizing the region.
Joining the conference by video, Frattini said: “What should we do with this tyranny, this terrible regime that abuses basic non-negotiable rights, that kills thousands and thousands? Some people say there are differences between Reformers and Conservatives. It’s not true.
I participated in the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program in 2003, under the so-called reformist government of Khatami. These people were no different from those in office today. They wanted to obtain guarantees to have a free hand to commit abuses against their people. They are the same.”
He added: “Another argument is that we have to lift the sanctions because the sanctions affect innocent people. This is absolutely not true! In fact, the more money they have, the more they will spend on its nuclear program and not on improving the quality of life in Iran.
I support the idea of a stricter policy towards the regime in terms of sanctions. We must know every dollar spent to improve and strengthen the nuclear and military apparatus against the people, increase the nuclear capability to intimidate and dominate not only the Iranian people, but also the region against the countries of the Middle East, and contribute greatly to destabilize the Middle East.
During this conference, a group of victims of the crimes of the mullahs’ regime testified, including Ms. Zohreh Shafaei, a former political prisoner whose parents, two brothers and a sister were executed, Ms. Safora Sadidi, whose father was executed during the 1988 massacre to political prisoners and his uncle during the 2013 massacre in Ashraf. Ms. Azadeh Alemi, whose two uncles and one uncle’s wife were executed and whose mother was imprisoned for many years. She was in prison with her mother as a child.
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