European lawmakers and U.S. human rights experts as well as official of the Iranian Resistance held a live online conference on the appalling state of human rights in Iran and the steps the international community must take in response. In the first half of 2015 alone, the regime in Iran has executed over 700 people, the equivalent of one person every seven hours.
More than 1,800 people have been taken to the gallows during Hassan Rouhani’s presidency. European Union Foreign Policy Chief Ms. Federica Mogherini plans to visit Iran on Tuesday to hold talks with officials of the Iranian regime following the nuclear deal earlier this month. Human rights defenders have described her planned trip and the silence of the EU with regards to the dire human rights state in Iran as “shameful.”
The online panel included: Ms Julie Ward, a Member of the European Parliament from the United Kingdom; Senator Lucio Malan, Quaestor of the Italian Senate; Prof. Donna Hughes, leading international researcher on human trafficking from the University of Rhode Island; Mr. Bruce McColm, President of the Institute for Democratic Strategies and Mr. Mohammad Mohadessin, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. There will also be a video message from Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy.