News Feed Item

Iran Opposition Leader Urges EU to Put Human Rights Front and Center in Dealing with Tehran

BRUSSELS, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi urged the international community and the EU to put human rights front and center in their dealings with the Tehran regime.

Rajavi, who heads the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran made the call during a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.

Scores of senior members of the European Parliament from different political groups including Alejo Vidal -Quadras, a Vice President of the Parliament, Struan Stevenson, President of European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Iraq, and Michelle Alliot-Marie, France's former defense and foreign minister addressed the meeting.

The meeting in Brussels coincided with another round of nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 held in Vienna.

Rajavi cited the recent Tehran's hysterical reaction to a European Parliament resolution, expressing grave concern over the violation of human rights Iran as an indication of the EP's effectiveness.

"This reaction shows mullahs' lack of capacity for change or moderation as it cannot survive without hangings, torture, warmongering and terrorism in the region," Rajavi said.

She underscored: "Human rights is the mullahs' Achille heels. Tehran's hysterical reaction to European Parliament resolution censuring human rights abuses in Iran and cancellation of the planned trip of the delegation of mullahs' parliament to Europe, are vivid indications of mullahs' weakness and the myth of change in Iran."

"The [Iranian] presidential elections were not held according to the democratic standards valued by the EU," the EP resolution underscored.

Tehran summoned the Greek Ambassador, the sitting of EU rotating president, and cancelled a trip by a delegation of Iranian regime's parliamentarians to Europe.  

Rajavi criticized the policy of EU countries on Iran in the framework of "the policy of appeasement" and driven by "economic interests."

Members of European Parliament rejected the Rouhani's moderate posturing and criticized Western inaction regarding the growing number of executions and suppression in Iran as well as the regime's direct role in the bloodbaths in Syria and Iraq.

Stevenson said: "If the mullahs could have it their way, they would have hanged us right in the Schumann area. They want to dictate to us what to say, what not say, what resolution to pass, and what resolution not to pass. But I tell them: You are dead wrong. You cannot export your rule of fear, intimidation and censorship to here. We, who have been sent here by our people's vote, decide what to say, who to listen to and who to ignore. And that is why we have invited Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian resistance to tell us about a different Iran; a democratic and free Iran. And I would say to Mrs. Ashton: Is this the new moderate approach and face from Iran you wanted us to believe? It is a farce. It is simply a farce that fools no one here, unless one wants to be fooled."

Rajavi pointed out that during the past two months, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had actively formulated a policy against the Geneva agreement. "Western countries must insist on shutting down nuclear sites and stopping uranium enrichment," Rajavi underscored, adding, "any concession or appeasement by the West will enable the mullahs to obtain the bomb."

The Iranian opposition leader warned that "Western governments must not sacrifice human rights and freedom for the sake of negotiations and their relations with the religious fascism ruling Iran." She urged them to follow the EP's April 3rd resolution which said: "Human rights dialogue with Iran should be part of the future policy framework of bilateral EU-Iran relations".

Rajavi also warned of the threats facing 3,000 Iranian dissidents in Iraq, members of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI /MEK).  

Noting that the Iranian regime in collusion with the "puppet" government of Iraq had carried out a massacre at Camp Ashraf and launched missile attacks on Camp Liberty, Rajavi said that Iraq had "also intensified the restriction on food and medicine in Liberty" and was "paving the way for extradition of the PMOI members." "The mullahs consider the PMOI as an existential threat and therefore Camp Liberty is their prime target," she stressed.

Mrs. Rajavi urged EP to compel the EU to use its leverage to free the seven Iranian dissidents taken hostage in Iraq, resettle PMOI members in Europe and US, and ensure the safety and security of the residents while still at Liberty by stationing UN observers at Liberty on a permanent basis. She also called for the launching of an independent investigation into the September 1 massacre at Ashraf.

SOURCE Iran News Update

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
By now most people have either created their configuration management solution or are just embarking on this journey. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Marco Ceppi, a DevOps Engineer working at Canonical, will discuss how to take configuration management to the next level with modelling and orchestration. He will also discuss how and why people are moving from a machine-centric view to a service/application-oriented view of deployments, and how you can leverage the knowledge a...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
In the 21st century, security on the Internet has become one of the most important issues. We hear more and more about cyber-attacks on the websites of large corporations, banks and even small businesses. When online we’re concerned not only for our own safety but also our privacy. We have to know that hackers usually start their preparation by investigating the private information of admins – the habits, interests, visited websites and so on. On the other hand, our own security is in danger bec...
Enterprises have been using both Big Data and virtualization for years. Until recently, however, most enterprises have not combined the two. Big Data's demands for higher levels of performance, the ability to control quality-of-service (QoS), and the ability to adhere to SLAs have kept it on bare metal, apart from the modern data center cloud. With recent technology innovations, we've seen the advantages of bare metal erode to such a degree that the enhanced flexibility and reduced costs that cl...
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, wil...
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and microservices. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your conta...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Streamlyzer will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Streamlyzer is a powerful analytics for video streaming service that enables video streaming providers to monitor and analyze QoE (Quality-of-Experience) from end-user devices in real time.
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Without lifecycle traceability and visibility across the tool chain, stakeholders from Planning-to-Ops have limited insight and answers to who, what, when, why and how across the DevOps lifecycle. This impacts the ability to deliver high quality software at the needed velocity to drive positive business outcomes. In his general session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Eric Robertson, General Manager at CollabNet, will discuss how customers are able to achieve a level of transparency that e...
Cloud based infrastructure deployment is becoming more and more appealing to customers, from Fortune 500 companies to SMEs due to its pay-as-you-go model. Enterprise storage vendors are able to reach out to these customers by integrating in cloud based deployments; this needs adaptability and interoperability of the products confirming to cloud standards such as OpenStack, CloudStack, or Azure. As compared to off the shelf commodity storage, enterprise storages by its reliability, high-availabil...
The IoT industry is now at a crossroads, between the fast-paced innovation of technologies and the pending mass adoption by global enterprises. The complexity of combining rapidly evolving technologies and the need to establish practices for market acceleration pose a strong challenge to global enterprises as well as IoT vendors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Clark Smith, senior product manager for Numerex, will discuss how Numerex, as an experienced, established IoT provider, has embraced a ...
Today every business relies on software to drive the innovation necessary for a competitive edge in the Application Economy. This is why collaboration between development and operations, or DevOps, has become IT’s number one priority. Whether you are in Dev or Ops, understanding how to implement a DevOps strategy can deliver faster development cycles, improved software quality, reduced deployment times and overall better experiences for your customers.
DevOps theory promotes a culture of continuous improvement built on collaboration, empowerment, systems thinking, and feedback loops. But how do you collaborate effectively across the traditional silos? How can you make decisions without system-wide visibility? How can you see the whole system when it is spread across teams and locations? How do you close feedback loops across teams and activities delivering complex multi-tier, cloud, container, serverless, and/or API-based services?