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Senior Members of European Parliament Call for Immediate Intervention by EU and US to Release Seven Iranian Dissidents Taken Hostage in Iraq;

December 4, 2013

BRUSSELS, December 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Demand full compliance of Tehran with UN Security Council resolutions before any
easing of sanctions

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, senior members from various political groups within the European
Parliament condemned the continuation of gross human rights violations in Iran under the
Rouhani presidency. They also warned against offering any concessions to the mullahs in
return for their hollow gestures on the nuclear dispute, and called for immediate action
by the EU, US and the UN to release seven Iranian dissidents taken hostage by the
Government of Iraq, and to guarantee the safety and security of the members of the
People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Iraq.

These MEPs were taking part in a major conference at the European Parliament that was
organized by Friends of a Free Iran (FoFI). Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of Iranian
Resistance, took a leading role in the conference. Rita Suessmuth, former President of the
German Bundestag, was another prominent guest. Rajavi pointed out that “if the agreement
between the P5+1 and Iran is a prelude to the complete implementation of UN Security
Council resolutions, it can be considered the beginning of a trend that upsets the
regime’s internal and external balance.

There is widespread pressure from the Iranian people to end the mullahs’ demented and
insane nuclear program. Nothing short of the full and complete dismantling of the regime’s
nuclear program is acceptable.”

According to the MEPs, Tehran had no choice but to accept a setback, due to
international sanctions and its fear of another mass uprising similar to that of 2009. But
in return, unacceptable concessions were made, especially by the EU and US, including
allowing enrichment, doing without the Additional Protocol, and allowing Iran to refuse
snap inspections. All of this leaves the key to bomb-making in the mullahs’ hands. The
MEPs warned if the international community does not head for full implementation of UN
Security Council resolutions, including a total halt to uranium enrichment and acceptance
of the Additional Protocol, the regime will once again covertly advance their bomb-making
activities.

“In the nuclear talks in Geneva it was all about smiles, handshakes and diplomacy,”
said Jim Huggins, a member of the Parliament’s Bureau from Ireland. “But at the end of the
day we are dealing with a corrupt regime. It is all about cosmetic concessions for Iran
only to have the sanctions lifted.”

The participants called on the P5+1, especially the US and European countries and
Baroness Ashton, to stop making concessions to Tehran on the nuclear issue and to demand
complete implementation of Security Council resolutions, full cessation of uranium
enrichment, halting of plutonium production projects, and acceptance of the Additional
Protocol and snap inspections of suspicious sites.

According to the European Parliamentarians, almost six months after the election of
Hassan Rouhani, human rights condition have deteriorated, the number of recorded
executions has already reached 400, the export of terrorism and fundamentalism has
intensified and the Iranian regime’s meddling in Syria has increased dramatically.

MEPs were vociferously critical of the policies of the West regarding the massacre of
Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, in Iraq. On September 1, the forces of
the Government of Iraq, at the behest of the Iranian regime, raided Ashraf and executed 52
defenceless residents, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK),
as well as taking seven hostage, including six women.

The participants called for an impartial investigation into the massacre and
underscored that the EU, especially Baroness Ashton’s silence and inaction towards this
great crime against humanity is totally unacceptable. They stressed that the EU, US, UN
and especially the UN Security Council should force the Iraqi government to live up to its
responsibilities and free the seven hostages, while also removing obstructions against
providing urgent provisions for the security of Camp Liberty.

Straun Stevenson, President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with
Iraq who had just come back from a visit to Iraqi Kurdistan warned, “It is time for
Baroness Ashton, John Kerry and Ban Ki-moon to face up to the reality, end the appeasement
and demand the release of the seven hostages Maliki is holding. They must call for an
independent, internal investigation and hold Maliki accountable for the September 1
massacre and the other atrocities in camps Ashraf and Liberty.”

Alejo Vidal Quadras, a Vice President of the Parliament added “Lady Ashton still
remains silent in the face of the crime against humanity in Camp Ashraf, which is still
ongoing… Lady Ashton must call for the release of the hostages and I tell you that EP
relations with Iraq will be damaged severely should Iraq not comply.”

According to the participants, the US government could and can impel Iraq to free the
hostages and provide security for Liberty. If they did so, there would be no need for the
ongoing hunger strike by hundreds of Iranians the world over. But, three months after the
September 1 attack, even the slightest security measures in Liberty are being opposed by
the Iraqi government.

The MEPs pointed out that Maliki is visiting Iran to gain support for his third term
as prime minister, something that is opposed by all Iraqi political factions. He counts on
Tehran, and in exchange Tehran asks for the complete massacre of the PMOI in Camp Liberty.
The conference was also told that there are suspicions that Maliki will use his visit to
Tehran to arrange for the seven Ashrafi hostages to be secretly deported to Iran, where
they will face certain torture and execution.

SOURCE Iran News Update


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