On the occasion of the European Day Against Death Penalty, the Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament (FOFI) which consists of Euro MPs from different political groups held a meeting in Strasbourg.They strongly condemned the mass executions in Iran under the “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani with over 2000 death sentences carried out since he took office two years ago. They noted that Rouhani himself has defended these executions and has stated clearly on Iranian TV that death sentences “are the law of God” and must be implemented.
The participants discussed the upcoming visit of President Martin Schulz to Iran and initiated a joint letter to him. This letter, already signed by 115 members of the European Parliament, calls on President Schulz to “to use the occasion of this visit to publicly denounce human rights abuses in Iran and call for ending public executions.” It adds “the European Parliament which represents half a billion European citizens with common democratic values has a duty to put human rights as a top priority for any expansion of relationship with this regime, setting an example for our EU governments.”
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