265 MEPs call for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to be put on blacklist #Iran

Today (26 June) 265 members of the European Parliament have signed a joint statement on human rights abuses in Iran. The cross-party group includes all political groups and four Vice-Presidents of the parliament and 23 committee and delegation chairs. The issue of human rights violations, repression of women and minorities and the Iranian regime’s support of terrorism are also addressed in the statement.

Recently the Iranian regime held a presidential election. In the MEPs’ view this was a fake election because there were no opposition candidates and people had a choice between several senior mullahs. Hassan Rouhani who is starting his second term, is no moderate or reformist. During his first four years, Iran was the number one in the world for the highest number of executions per capita.

MEPs call Rouhani’s minister of justice is a self-confessed murderer who was a member of the Death Committee, ordering the executions of over 30 thousands political prisoners in 1988, mostly from the main opposition PMOI.

The statement calls for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to set up a commission of inquiry on the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

The MEPs call on governments to end their relationship with Iran unless there is a halt to executions and a clear progress on human rights and women rights.

MEPs are also concerned about the destructive role of the Iranian regime in the region. The statement says that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is mainly active in Syria and Iraq and must be put on the international black lists.

IRGC also runs most of Iranian economy. So our European companies who want to sign economic deals with Iran, take a high risk of dealing directly and indirectly with IRGC which the MEPs consider a terrorist organisation.

In order to express our solidarity with the Iranian democratic opposition, Gérard Deprez MEP will attend the FREE IRAN gathering in Paris on 1 July where he will present the European Parliament’s  joint declaration.


We are extremely worried about the high number of executions in Iran. More than 3000 people have been hanged during the first term of the ‘moderate’ President Hassan Rouhani.

According to Amnesty International, “Iran alone accounted for 55% of all recorded executions” in the world in 2016. It currently carries out the highest number of executions in the world per capita. Iran also remains a leading executioner of prisoners who were under the age of 18 at the time of their arrest.

In a public speech on Iranian television, Rouhani described executions as “a good law” and “the law of God!” He also openly expressed full support for Bashar Assad even after the chemical attack in April which killed many people, including children.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that controls most of the Iranian economy is involved in both internal suppression and spreading death and destruction in the rest of the region.

According to Iranian regime’s laws, women are banned from becoming President and pursuing leadership positions in the judiciary and many other areas. Women are repressed for improper veiling and many women activists are sentenced to long-term imprisonment. Girls as young as nine can be married even to their stepfathers.

Recently revealed evidence by a senior cleric inside Iran confirmed that the current Iranian Justice Minister was a key member of the so called “Death Committee” that approved the summary mass executions of over 30,000 political prisoners, including several thousand women, in Iran in the summer of 1988 – a massacre which Amnesty International has described as a crime against humanity. Most of the victims were affiliated with the opposition PMOI.

We therefore call on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council, to set up a commission of inquiry on the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

The elections in Iran are not free and fair. Opposition is banned. All candidates have to declare their heartfelt belief to the concept of supreme clerical rule. An unelected body named the ‘Guardian Council’, whose members are appointed by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, disqualifies most of the candidates.

We urge the EU and the European Member States, the US and the UN to condemn human rights violations in Iran, blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and call for those who were involved in crimes against humanity to be brought to international tribunals. Any further expansion of relations with Iran must be conditioned to a clear progress on human rights, women’s rights and a halt to executions.

Gérard DEPREZ, MEP, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament



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