On Wednesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attended a meeting in the European Parliament to discuss the uprising in Iran, the new wave of executions, and the European Union’s responsibilities. The event, titled “Perspective of Change and European Union Policy,” was organized by the Friends of Free Iran Interparliamentary Group (FOFI). Mrs. Rajavi was welcomed by the European Parliament’s Vice Presidents, joint presidents, and vice presidents of the Friends of a Free Iran Committee (FOFI) as she called for their support for the Iranian people’s uprising and the organized Resistance movement.
Numerous representatives from different political groups in the European Parliament and member states attended the conference. A total of 15 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) delivered speeches expressing their endorsement of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and Mrs. Rajavi’s 10-point plan.
“The mullahs’ regime has started a new and unprecedented wave of executions,” Mrs. Rajavi said in her address. “At least 116 prisoners have been executed since the beginning of May, i.e., one execution every 5 hours. Three young protesters who were detained and tortured for several months in Isfahan were executed last Friday.”
“The regime uses executions to prevent an uprising. Despite massive repression, however, people protested these brutal executions. Unfortunately, we are witnessing a lack of action from the European Union and its member states. Isn’t opposing the death penalty one of the well-known principles of the European Union? So why when it comes to Iran, do economic interests and political considerations downplay the importance of the human rights situation?” Mrs. Rajavi added, criticizing the West’s weak approach toward the regime and disregard for its human rights abuses.
In her remarks, Mrs. Rajavi underlined that the Iranian people, mainly women, “have risen up against the religious dictatorship. The message is that the Iranian people have risen to overthrow religious fascism. They reject tyranny in all its forms and will persist in their fight until they achieve freedom and democracy.”
While referring to the rise in the number of brutal hangings in Iran, MEP Javier Zarzalejos, a member of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee and FOFI Co-Chairman, stated: “Europe just cannot be a spectator. The Iranian regime is a very serious threat to international peace and security. The direct involvement of the Iranian regime in the Ukraine war has brought this global threat to Europe.”
Simultaneous with the presence of Ms. Rajavi at the EU parliament, hundreds of Iranians rallied to join her call to stop executions in Iran. Iranians hold banners with Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan articles that confirms the abolition of death penalty and torture in the future of a Free Iran.