On the eve of the Iranian FM’s visit to France, on Tuesday morning, 21 June, French journalists were invited to question eminent members of the Syrian opposition but also Iranian journalists now living in exile about the Iranian regime’s stagnant economic, political and social indicators, which show little sign of being obtained, let alone any advancement.
The Media Express by invitation of The Foundation of Middle East Studies (FEMO) attended the meeting ahead of Today’s, Wednesday 22 June, bilateral cooperation talks between the Iranian FM Mr. Javad Zarif with French former PM Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, also Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Development.
During the meeting French journalists heard from Syrian opposition press attaché Mr. Ahmad Kamel, exiled Iranian journalist and previous editor of Sarmayeh (le Capital) newspaper Mr. Rasoul Asghari, but also former Iranian journalist Mr. Bahzad Naziri.
One main proposal from French journalists asked whether the International Community could see the signing June 2015’s nuclear deal with Iran, to affect change as we saw happen as part of Russia’s Perestroika in the 1980s, which eased the Soviet Regime into “Openness” and policy reform?
The former Iranian journalist, Mr. Naziri, speaking from a position as a member of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Committee in Support of Human Rights in Iran (CSDHI) responded saying ‘in the Iranian regime there’s a seemingly open dialogue but the nuclear agreement has not revealed as yet any positive impact on the society of Iranian people, and concerning the nature of the clerical regime it shows an absence of political stability.’
A total of 64 people were executed by the regime in May alone, many occurring at the same time that EU heads of state, MPs but also high ranking UN officials have been in talks with the regime.
At the end of May, by invitation of Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), the Iranian FM Mr. Javad Zarif attended this year’s Oslo Forum, 14 June 2016, to discuss pacemaking in Norway. A confusing parallel to draw between peacemaking and religious tyranny given that under the tenure of the Iranian President Rouhani’s three-year tenure at least 2400 Iranian people have been executed.
This calls into question the legitimacy of the French government, extended to the International Community which remain silent on the issues of human rights’ violations at the expense they might derail cooperation trade talks with the Iranian regime.
Social media campaigns are running with hashtags #No2Rouhani #FreeIran #Iran #France condemning the Iranian Foreign Minister’s European visit to France; and on Wednesday (22 June 2016) at the Paris Pantheon from 10.30am protesters held up banners to illustrate the numbers of executions.
Various human rights’ organizations are ready to also condemn the silence of EU member state governments and MPs if they fail to speak out against the regime’s continued abuses. Humanitarian organizations will themselves, alongside urging the French government to do so, release statements condemning the increasing human rights’ violations by the Iranian regime.
Focus will be on France’s government Tuesday and Wednesday, then following Mr. Zarif to The Hague, Netherlands on Thursday, to see if its governments push for open dialogue on the human rights’ situation imposed by the Iran regime and to address its wave of executions and suppression of Iranian people.
Related to this issue in an article published yesterday, Mon 20 June, the President of the Foundation of Middle East Studies (FEMO) François Colcombet reminds us of the recent appeal, dated 14 June 2016, by 270 MEPs who are calling on the EU Member States “to condition the continuation of relations with Iran to clear progress on human rights and stop executions.”