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An Open Letter to European Parliament – Iran Delegation

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10, 25, 2011                                                                                 
European Parliament – the Iran Delegation,
Tarja Cronberg (Chair) ,
Kurt Lechner (member), Cornelia Ernst (member), Marietje  Schaake (member),
Kathleen Van Brempt (member), and Barbara Lochbihler (substitute member)
Dear Madam Chair,
Recently we the undersigned have learned that European Parliament’s delegation under your chair is planning to pay a visit to Iran at the end of this month. The news came as shock to us and it is indescribable to let you know how distressing it was to our oppressed Iranians once they heard about it.

Ever since taking U.S. embassy staff hostage in 1979, the Islamist regime in Tehran has led an international spree of bombings, hijacking, and other terrorist attacks on American and Westerners. Over years Iran under IRI regime has become training camps for terrorists groups like Hezbollah, Al Qaeda operatives, and Iraqi insurgents. Iran’s leaders have already funded the world’s most powerful terrorist organizations across the globe.
Madam Chair, recently the U.N. nuclear agency announced it is “increasingly concerned” about a stream of intelligence suggesting that Iran continues to work secretly on developing a nuclear payload for a missile and other components of a nuclear weapons program. A nuclear-armed Iran would severely threaten the security and stability of a part of the world crucial to West’s interests and the health of the global economy.  Despite different unilateral and joint sanctions imposed on various elements of the IRI infrastructure ranging from arm embargo to targeting Iran’s financial sector by UN, U.S., and EU, IRI has managed to find ways to bypass these sanctions without having to revise its political stance. For three decades IRI has managed to fool the world community by deception and hypocritical preaching and convince them that dialogue is the way to settle the problems, while the experience has shown absolute different results.
Madam Chair, more than two years after Iran’s disputed presidential election, IRI authorities continue to harass, arbitrarily detain, torture, imprison, and executes Iranians. UN recent special rapporteur’s report speaks of imposing death sentence on minors, practices that amount to torture, cruel or degrading treatment of political activists, journalists, students, artists, lawyers and environmentalists. It also addresses of denial of freedom of assembly, women’s rights, and the rights of religious and ethnic minorities. This regime has no respect for the lives of its own people; they govern through the force of tyranny and their ideological cult. Tens of young prisoners are transferred to death row every week. Anyone who stands for his human rights is doomed to be executed; the regime survival has been built upon bloodsheds.
Madam Chair, based on Article 6 and 11, of the EU Treaty, EP delegations shall maintain and develop Parliament’s international contacts. Accordingly, delegation activities shall contribute to promoting in third countries the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law. How would you justify contributing such promotions while scheduling to meet the IRI parliamentary delegates many of whom are among commanders of the disreputable Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) that have been involved in horrifying human rights abuses in the 1980s, not to mention its involvement in the alleged terror-plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador in the United States this month.
Madam Chair, 33 years of useless UN Security Council resolutions have overshadowed the violations of human rights by IRI and at the same time have provided the leisure and tranquility for the regime in Iran to commit its mass murder genocide against our young generation. Similarly the EP visit of IRI regime will not result in any goal but to provide credit and publicity for a criminal regime that has become illegitimate to its own people.  No matter what tactical approach the EP delegates plan to implement in their visits to Iran to find the truth about the regime’s behavior against its people, you can be assured that the corrupt and deceptive IRI regime will execute methods to have a complete control of the team’s visit, resulting a futile trip but a handshake with criminals, as it has been the case with other groups of delegates, i.e., IAEA, Human Rights Watch, etc.
Madam Chair, rather than setting out a delegation team to Iran, which would give the regime a new blood to revitalize, it would serve Europe and the world community a great extent to put their hope on Iranian people. The people of Iran are struggling to secure their civil and political rights and advocate for greater public participation in the political process, as well as the respect of human rights, freedoms and the rule of law, which will only be achieved through a regime change toward securing a secular and democratic government based on the principle of human rights. It is time for the world community to stand unified in support of the people of Iran.
CC: President of European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek,
CC: Offices of European Parliament
Respectfully,
Undersigned:
1.       Dr. Mansur Rastani, University Professor, USA
2.       Dr. Siavash Abghari, Professor of Finance, USA
3.       Firouzeh Ghaffarpour, Political and Human Rights activist, USA
4.       Dr. Parviz Haddadizadeh “The New Iran” (TNI) Election commissioner, USA
5.       Cina Dabestani, Constitutionalist Party of Iran, Chair of Washington DC Chapter
6.       Dr. M Asan, Physician, Canada
7.       Shabnam Assadollahi , Human Rights Defender, Canada
8.       Pardis irani Graduate College Student Iran
9.       Anti-Suppression Student Movement in Iran – Iran Branch
10.   Saied Shemirani, Political Activist – United Persian Organization, USA
11.   Sheri Alvandian, human rights activist, publisher, USA
12.   Esmaeil Hoshyar, Author, and Comics Writer, Swiss
13.   John S. Burke, Freelance Writer, USA
14.   Soheila Nikpour, Human Rights and Refugee Rights activist, U.S.A.
15.   Dr. A. Samadani, X-President, Global University, USA
16.   Dr. Jahanshah Rashidian, Psychologist, Freelance Writer, Germany
17.   Shoreh Irani, Aerobic Coach, Germany
18.   Shahin Khordehpaz, Political Activist, USA
19.   Dr. N Rochan,  Physician, Canada
20.   Dr. Gill Gillespie, Director, the Iran Information Project, UK
21.   Walton K. Martin III, Director, the Iran Information Project, USA
22.   Pari Saffari, Bidari Radio & TV, USA
23.   Nina Sadeghi, Student of Sociology, Italy
24.   Soheil Parhizi, Artist and Human Rights Activist, Switzerland
25.   Carol Savageau, Political Activist, USA
26.   Aruo Arian, Entrepreneur, Canada
27.   Roya Chelbea, Political & Social Activist, Austria
28.   Shahriyar Gorugi, Political Activist & College Student, USA
29.   Siamak Zand, Freelance Journalist, Canada
30.   Shawn Bahrami, Business Owner, USA
31.   Afshin Azizian Political activist and Human Rights Advocate, UK
32.   Besabeh Bagheri, CEO Entrepreneur, USA
33.   Massoud Nasseri, Business Owner & Political & Social Activist, USA


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mansur Rastani <
mansurrastani@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM
Subject: An Open Letter to European Parliament’s Delegation
To: Chair <
tarja.cronberg@europarl.europa.eu>, Member <kathleen.vanbrempt@europarl.europa.eu>, Member <cornelia.ernst@europarl.europa.eu>, Member <kurt.lechner@europarl.europa.eu>, Member <marietje.schaake@europarl.europa.eu>, Substitute Member <barbara.lochbihler@europarl.europa.eu>
Cc: 
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Mansur Rastani, PhD
Oct 25, 2011

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A Big CONGRATULATION to all who tried IS IN ORDER.

Today (10, 27, 2011), It has Been Announced that  The trip of The EP’s Delegation to Iran has been

Cancelled.

(econews.ir)




Since EP and EU still lobby IRI they made it look like it was a visa problem, they couldn’t announce it directly that they support Iranian people. However, I’ve heard from different sources that EP and EU were under enormous pressure to cancel their trip to Iran.


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A Response from EP Iran Delegation to our Open Letter


Today I got a response from Barbara Lochbihler,     
the substitute member (x-chair ) of the EP’s delegation committee. In her letter she confirmed the cancellation of the planned delegation to Iran.
Furthermore she argued that she didn’t share our fundamental criticism of the journey since an independent program of meetings with the opposition representatives and those alternative players in Iranian society had been organized in the trip, which seems essential if EP Iran delegation has to help the people of Iran to bring about change.
Apparently she is referring to Green reformers in Iran (i.e.,  Musavi and Karoubi) as the representatives of Iranian oppositions, that is our problem, the lack of Alternative Players. 
The following is her response.
Mansur Rastani
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: LOCHBIHLER Barbara <barbara.lochbihler></barbara.lochbihler>
Date: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 5:17 AM
Subject: RE: An Open Letter to European Parliament’s Delegation
To: Mansur Rastani <mansurrastani>, CRONBERG Tarja <tarja.cronberg>, VAN BREMPT Kathleen <kathleen.vanbrempt>, ERNST Cornelia <cornelia.ernst>, LECHNER Kurt <kurt.lechner>, SCHAAKE Marietje <marietje.schaake>, LOCHBIHLER Barbara <barbara.lochbihler></barbara.lochbihler></marietje.schaake></kurt.lechner></cornelia.ernst></kathleen.vanbrempt></tarja.cronberg></mansurrastani>
Cc: European Parliament Athinai <epathinai>, European Parliament Barcelona <epbarcelona>, European Parliament Berlin <epberlin>, European Parliament Bratislava <epbratislava>, epbrussel@europarl.europa.eu, epbucuresti@europarl.europa.eu, European Parliament Budapest <epbudapest>, European Parliament Den Haag <epdenhaag>, European Parliament Dublin <epdublin>, European Parliament Edinburgh <epedinburgh>, European Parliament Helsinki <ephelsinki>, European Parliament Kobenhavn <epkobenhavn>, European Parliament Lisboa <eplisboa>, European Parliament Ljubljana <epljubljana>, European Parliament London <eplondon>, European Parliament Luxembourg <epluxembourg>, European Parliament Madrid <epmadrid>, European Parliament Marseille <epmarseille>, European Parliament Milano <epmilano>, European Parliament Muenchen <epmuenchen>, European Parliament Nicosia <epnicosia>, European Parliament Paris <epparis>, European Parliament Praha <eppraha>, European Parliament Riga <epriga>, European Parliament Roma <eproma>, European Parliament Sofia <epsofia>, European Parliament Stockholm <epstockholm>, European Parliament Strasbourg <epstrasbourg>, European Parliament Tallinn <eptallinn>, European Parliament Valletta <epvalletta>, European Parliament Vilnius <epvilnius>, European Parliament Warszawa <epwarszawa>, European Parliament Washington <epwashington>, European Parliament Wien <epwien>, “BUZEK Jerzy, MEP” <jerzy.buzek></jerzy.buzek></epwien></epwashington></epwarszawa></epvilnius></epvalletta></eptallinn></epstrasbourg></epstockholm></epsofia></eproma></epriga></eppraha></epparis></epnicosia></epmuenchen></epmilano></epmarseille></epmadrid></epluxembourg></eplondon></epljubljana></eplisboa></epkobenhavn></ephelsinki></epedinburgh></epdublin></epdenhaag></epbudapest></epbratislava></epberlin></epbarcelona></epathinai>
Dear Madam   
Dear Sir  
   
Thank you for your interest in the work of the Iran Delegation of the European Parliament.  
   
First of all, I would like to inform you that the planned delegation to    Iran   has been cancelled by the Iranians. It will therefore not take place.  
   
Moreover, may I remind you that – given the fact that I was elected Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament earlier this year – I am no longer Chair of the EP Iran Delegation and, as a consequence, wouldn’t have been part of the journey to   Tehran   anyway. My successor, Tarja Cronberg from   Finland  , was supposed to lead the trip. Should you wish further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her office.  
   
Nevertheless, let me stress that I don’t share your fundamental criticism of the journey. Of course, we all agree that numerous issues in   Iran   are to be criticised, especially the dire human rights situation. The EP Iran Delegation has been doing so since its creation, as our latest Iran Report (adopted in March 2011) proves. Still, if we want to help the people of   Iran   bring about change, if we want to assist civil society in their struggle for democracy and human rights, we need to keep in touch with those alternative players in Iranian society. At the same time, this allows us to show those in power that Europe is not forgetting about   Iran  , but watching.  
   
Therefore, as in previous trips, an independent programme of meetings with representatives of the civil society and the opposition had been organised, which would have complemented the regular meetings that the EP Iran Delegation holds with representatives of the Iranian opposition in  Brussels  and  Strasbourg  .  
   
Opposition forces and non-governmental organisations from   Iran   have strongly argued for a visit for years. It would be a mistake to ignore them, to isolate Iran and to do the government in Tehran the favour of not caring about their demands.
Best regards
Barbara Lochbihle
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