European Parliament condemns death sentences passed on student demonstrators, makes dialogue with mullahs' regime dependent on respect for human rights

The European Parliament passed a resolution with an overwhelming majority on Thursday afternoon condemning the death sentences passed on those arrested in the July uprisings and the arrest and trial of members of religious minorities on fabricated espionage charges. The resolution called for the immediate release of these prisoners.

According to the resolution, the European Parliament "insists that any dialogue between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran must be dependent on respect for fundamental human rights."

The National Council of Resistance of Iran regards the bold initiative by the elected representatives of the European people and their condemnation of the clerical regime's crimes as a clear sign that trade and diplomatic ties with the Tehran regime are illegitimate. The NCR calls on European governments to respect the vote cast by the overwhelming majority of Euro-MPs and freeze and subsequently sever their economic and political ties with the mullahs' regime.

After the violent, brutal suppression of the popular uprisings in Tehran and provinces, orders for which were first issued by Khatami, no one can justify trade and diplomatic ties with the Tehran regime as a bid to "strengthen the hand of the 'moderate faction' in the regime." This is a cheap excuse to turn a blind eye on the crimes of one of the century's most brutal dictatorships.

The NCR also called on the European Union to exert efforts both in the context of its member states and through the United Nations to form and dispatch an international fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the ruling mullahs' crimes, as called for by the resolution.

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, initially called for such international missions in letters to the UN Secretary General and members of the Security Council in the aftermath of the brutal suppression of the July uprisings. He emphasized at the time that the Iranian Resistance was ready to place all its facilities in Iran and abroad at the disposal of these missions.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
September 17, 1999

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