Demonstrators in Sweden condemn Human Rights violations in Iran
Oct 10, stockholm: Demonstration in Stockholm Condemning Human Rights Violations In Iran. On a cold and rainy day in Stockholm, Sweden, hundreds of Swedish Iranians and sympathizers to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gathered to urge the Swedish government to break its silence and condemned the systematic human
right violations of the Iranian regime.
"Our message to the Swedish government is that Sweden should work actively in the UN and the EU and work together with allies to publicly condemn the current situation in Iran and punish those responsible with sanctions, especially those responsible for the 1988 massacre" said Struan Stevenson, Chairman of the Nonprofit Organization, European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) and Scottish MEPs (1999-2014), who was one of Saturday's speakers.
Participants in the rally also urged the government to recognize and condemn the 1988 massacre of political prisoners as a crime against humanity and to encourage the UN to instigate an investigation of the massacres to determine who is responsible and prosecute them accordingly. "The UN and the Western World must no longer ignore the 1988 massacre in Iran in the light of all the evidence that exists, which Iranian regime is trying to destroy. We know high-level regime officials and ministers in Rouhani's cabinet were involved in this massacre. The demand for justice from Iranian society and internationally is increasing every day, "said Tahar Boumdera, UN's former highest human rights representative in Iraq, in his speech to the demonstration. "There is sufficient evidence that the UN will launch an international independent investigation into these massacres.
Sweden can play a decisive role in this by insisting that this requirement be included in this UN resolution on the human rights situation in Iran.” The massacre in 1988 occurred in response to the fatwa of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
During that summer, the regime executed 30,000 political prisoners. Many of the individuals involved have continued to be part of the leadership of the regime. Additionally, the number of executions in Iran has increased dramatically, since President Rouhani became president in 2013.
There have been countless attacks against human rights activists, journalists, bloggers, dual citizens, dissidents, and even women’s rights activists. Those who choose to defend these individuals legally also deal with persecution from the regime for their efforts.
The pressure on political prisoners has also increased over the last few months. The regime has increased its efforts to stamp down on any attempts to address the course of Iran or challenge the mullahs. Focus has continued to be on issues outside of the regime, through military maneuvers, thus attempting to turn the attention of Iranians away from the issues of social unrest. Dozens of prisoners have responded to this pressure by engaging in hunger strikes to draw attention to the plight of Iranians, particularly the prisoners themselves and the conditions within the prisoners. They protested against the cruel treatment of the regime, its torture and their unfair punishments to those who speak out against the mullahs’ theocracy. “Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can no longer beg for this issue, claiming that Iran’s development is on track and the regime’s victims will get justice because Rouhani comes with blank reforms,” said Erik.
Wahlberg, one of several speakers at the demonstration. He also drew attention to the 1988 massacre, noting that previously, the massacre had not received much public or media coverage. The massacre is just a larger example of the human rights abuses and violations that happen on a daily basis. The regime continues to function with the belief that nothing is off-limits when it comes to protecting the theocracy and the power of the mullahs.
The demonstration hosted in Stockholm featured speakers who were representatives of various Iranian associations, former political prisoners, and relatives of the victims of the 1988 massacre.
By Siavosh Hosseini for The Oslo Times International News Network