The National Council of Resistance strongly condemns the visit by the clerical regime's Deputy Minister of Industries to Germany, where he is expected to sign economic contracts. Such political exchanges and economic ties, which are justified under the pretext of "a new beginning," only serve to legitimize and encourage persecution, repression and export of terrorism, and run counter to the highest interests of the Iranian people.
The visit to Germany by Ali Akbar Torkan is taking place while the mullahs' regime has sentenced a German citizen in Iran to death.
There has not been any change in the conduct of the mullahs' regime since April 1997 when the Court of Berlin issued its verdict. Specifically, the increasing trend of executions have continued since Khatami took office nine months ago. Since the beginning of 1998, at least 20 persons have been executed in public, and some of the highest officials of the regime, including Mohammad Yazdi, the Head of the Judiciary and Khatami's Government spokesman, Ata'ollah Mohajerani, have "defended" the need to carry out stoning.
The Special Representative of the UN Human Rights Commission for human rights in Iran, submitted a report to the current session of the UNHRC, in which he cited some sources as saying that "at no time since the Revolution had the atmosphere been more repressive." The clerical regime has been condemned 41 times so far by various organs of the United Nations for its flagrant violations of human rights and export of terrorism.
Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran- Germany
April 19, 1998