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Open Letter to EP-Iran Delegation – 2013

04, 24, 2013

European Parliament – The Iran Delegation, EP-Iran Delegation1

To: Tarja Cronberg (Chair), and

Dear Madam Chair,

Time after time, the EP-Iran delegation has frivolously pursued organizing trips to Iran. This year the MEPs’ visit, as we have learned, has been scheduled to start on Friday April, 26, 2013.

In recent years EU has enforced its toughest sanctions on Iran that has never imposed against any other country. These sanctions have aimed at Iran’s human rights abuses, as well as its nuclear weapons program. Such EU’s resolutions have shown that that European Union has stood strongly and united against a defiant regime that has no respect for international norms and regulations. However, the MEP’s scheduled visit to Tehran is actually nothing more than shooting itself in the foot and considered as a last forlorn effort, after seven years of feckless rounds of nuclear talks through P5+1, by the European Parliament to pacify the theocratic mullahs in the vain hope that the regime can be persuaded to stop its nuclear program and improve human rights.

This sudden turn in EU’s strategy against the cleric regime in Iran would make the Iranian Mullahs believe that EU solidarity with P5+1 group is diminishing, which will make the regime even more determined in its pursuit of the nuclear bomb. The threat from a nuclear Iran affects the entire international community and therefore cooperative international measures must be taken to stop Iran’s progress. Furthermore, the visit of EP delegates to Iran at this stage of time would only provide and publicize legitimacy for the regime’s upcoming forged Presidential election in June 2013.

The fact of the matter is that the conduct of the Mullahs in Iran has never been fully understood by the West. The IRI regime is one of the foremost, self-proclaimed enemies of the West and one of the most serious threats to stability in the Middle East. The Iranian government’s extreme interpretation of Islamic law, and its paranoia of anti-Western philosophy, inspires the rise of Islamic extremists across the world. Thirty four years after Shi’a Islamists seized power in Tehran, today’s second-generation Khomeinists retain the conviction that Iran and the broader Islamic world must be cleaned of Western influence. They also believe that revolutionary imamate should rule until the Islamic dreamland could be fully achieved and Shi’a Messiah or Mahdi emerges from a utopian state of supernatural to presage the end of days. The paranoia and messianic fervor combine to create a dangerously neurotic leadership class.

The MEPs’ belief that they could talk the Mullahs into friendship is exceptionally striking. Even if a particular actor within the clerical regime of Iran were open to reconciliation, the system as a whole is designed to disseminate existential enmity against the West. This is the basic survival condition of any ideological regime, in particular of religious kind. When Ahmadinejad denies holocaust, he is not merely expressing frustration with the lack of progress on the peace process, he means business, the same goes for Khamenei when he called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that should be removed from the region. Yet such rhetoric has become a commonplace fact of life for most Western leaders. When an oil-rich, conventionally armed Iran becomes nuclear, those previously stale warnings of ending Israel or attacking U.S. facilities in the Persian Gulf will not be entirely laughed off.

The clerical leadership in Iran is close to meeting all the requirements for unleashing disaster: fading command, apparent animosity, and ability. As the Iran’s economy continues to sink, the regime’s hold on power has become increasingly unstable, besides the Iranian grassroots uprising that has started in June of 2009 confirms that large numbers of Iranians despise the Mullahs’ theocratic rule. Clearly, the mullahs have made no secret of their extreme hatred of the West. The daily Telegraph has reported, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) is warning that Iran is likely to achieve its goal of developing nuclear weapons by 2014. As the theocratic regime pursues its nuclear mission, therefore, the international communities should indeed be very concerned and must not allow this to happen.

Proposing economic and diplomatic solutions to what is fundamentally an ideological problem will never work as long as the State and the Mosque function as combined entities in the society. The solution to the Iran gridlock that can help Iranian people as well as the world communities would be found in establishing a secular government, in which the State is separate from the Mosque. This would be a secular democratic regime that has respect for human rights and fundamental freedom, and the rule of law that provides the opportunities for its people to exercise democracy, while at the same time recognizes and regards the international standards and norms. This scenario is possible if the free world is willing to get rid of the fanatic IRI regime by inflicting pressure on its infrastructure such as imposing severe political sanction on its leadership to push them to the point of realizing that the era for a religious regime in the world is over, and that they belong to the Mosques and have to leave the government and go back to their religious institutions. The process can be facilitated if the World Powers concurrently support Iranian grassroots in their struggle in pursuit of freedom.

Today, Iranian politics are dominated by a deep divide. On one side is Iran’s repressive theocratic regime—a clerical junta that ranks as the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism and which is hell-bent on acquiring a nuclear capability. On the other are the people of Iran—a vibrant constituency that holds the future of the country in its hands. The course of their confrontation will determine the nature of the Iranian state and its place in the world for years to come. In the free Iran of tomorrow, those IRI members whose hands have been soaked with Iranian blood will need to answer to the people of Iran.

It is the Iranian people who are in need of receiving international attention and infusion with renewed sense of political direction. It is the time for the free world to further isolate the defiant regime in Tehran by shutting all the available windows for diplomacy, to the point of its total collapse.

Therefore, we, the undersigned, on behalf of oppressed people of Iran firmly believe this trip would only play in the hands of the ruling theocracy; it will not help the people’s cry for democracy, but would rather embolden the regime to become more egotistical and arrogant.

 

Respectfully,

Undersigned:

  1. Mansur Rastani, PhD, University Professor, USA
  2. Amir Houshmand Momtaz, Physician, USA
  3. Shahpour Bahrami, Industrial Manager, USA
  4. Maryam Moazenazedh, Chemist, Malaysia
  5. Sheri Alvandian, Peace and Human Rights Activist, USA
  6. Fereidoon Farsi, Human Rights Activist & Civil engineer, Belgium
  7. Mohsen Razani, Auto Agent, USA
  8. Esmaeil Hoshyar, Author, and Comics Writer, & Political Activist, Swiss
  9. Hooshang Lahooti, PhD, Senior Medical Research Scientist, Australia
  10. Ardalan Moghaddam Ghadimi, Construction Technician Canada
  11. Jahanshah Rashidian, Pscycholgist, Germany
  12. Majid Sadeghi, Pezeshk, Sweden
  13. Hamid Rashmi, Secretary, National Unity of Young Iranians, England
  14. Mahtab Hajian, IT-Consultant, Germany
  15. Javid Azadi ,Political activist, Spain
  16. Setareh Mihandoost, Social Worker, Denmark
  17. Firouzeh ghaffarpour , human rights and political activist
  18. Debbie Apranik Business Owner USA
  19. Sayeh Hassan, Lawyer and Pro-Democracy Activist, Canada
  20. Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed., ABS Community Research, Inc., USA
  21. Christine Albertz, Teacher, Netherlands
  22. Thaddeus Hutyra, Human Rights Activist, Belgium
  23. Walton K. Martin III, Director – Iranian Refugees Action Network , USA
  24. Gillian Gillespie, PhD, Director – Iranian Refugees Action Network  , UK
  25. Soraya Morovati , Administrator, USA
  26. Siavash F., Freelance Writer, Iran
  27. Sara Safiri, Nurse& Peace Activist, Sweden
  28. Bahram Choubine, Author & Persian History Researcher, Germany
  29. Golboo, Semandari, Freelance Writer & Librarian USA
  30. Carol Savageau, Political Activist, USA
  31. Shohreh Nateghi, Aerobics Instructor, Germany
  32. Uli V. Sanden, Human Rights Activist, Germany
  33. Shahin Khordehpaz, Political Activist, USA
  34. Saeed Behbahani, Manager – Mihan TV, USA
  35. Reza Kahlili, Political Activist, USA
  36. Reza Piramoon, Network  Journalist, Denmark
  37. Saeed Khan Falahi, Human Rights Activist, India
  38. Siavash Abghari, PhD, Professor of Banking & Finance, USA
  39. Leila Saber, System analyst, Canada
  40. Besabeh Bagheri, CEO, Entrepreneur, USA
  41. Nina Sadeghi, Student of Sociology, Italy
  42. Gerald A. Honigman, Author/Middle East Analysis, U.S.A.
  43. Saeed Kaveh, Self-Employed, Netherlands
  44. Mark Geoffrey Krishner, Activist for Human Rights in Iran, USA
  45. Mirala Emami, Journalist, Britain
  46. Fatima Countinho, Teacher, Brazil
  47. Ali Sedarat; Human Rights and Peace activist, USA

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To: Tarja Cronberg (Chair), and

Vice Chairs, Members & Subs. Members:  Potito Salatto, Comelia Ernst, Alexander Alvaro, Sergio Caetano Cofferati , Isabelle Durant, Peter Jahr, Dan Jorgensen, Marit Paulsen, Oreste Rossi, Oreste Rossi, Marco Scurria, Boguslaw Sonik, Ewald Stadler, Kathleen Van Brempt, Geoffrey Van Orden,  Josef Weidenholzer, Pawel Zalewski, George Cutas, Dimitrios Droutsas, Martin Ehrenhauser, Christofer Jellner, Philippe Juvin, Lena Kolarska, Barbara Lochbihler, Antonyia Parvanova, Pavel Poc, Marieje Schaake, Alda Sousa, Salvatore Tatarella, Emilie, Turunen, Niki Tzavel, Marita Ulvskog, Sabine Verhyen

CC: President of European Parliament, Martin Schulz

CC: Conf. of Presidents (10 MEPs), EP Bureau (14 Vice Presidents + 5 Quaestors), Conf. of Committee Chairs & Conf. of Delegation Chairs (50 MEPs), Vice Chairs of the Political Groups (58 MEPs), Members of Foreign Affairs Committee (102 MEPs)

CC: US State Dept, U.S. Senators & Selected Members of the House of Reps

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From: Mansur Rastani <mansurrastani@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Subject: EP-Iran Delegation’s trip to Iran
To: “alda.sousa@europarl.europa.eu” <alda.sousa@europarl.europa.eu>, “alexander.alvaro@europarl.europa.eu” <alexander.alvaro@europarl.europa.eu>, “antonyia.parvanova@europarl.europa.eu” <antonyia.parvanova@europarl.europa.eu>, “barbara.lochbihler@europarl.europa.eu” <barbara.lochbihler@europarl.europa.eu>, “boguslaw.sonik@europarl.europa.eu” <boguslaw.sonik@europarl.europa.eu>, Chair Tarja Cronberg <tarja.cronberg@europarl.europa.eu>, “christofer.fjellner@europarl.europa.eu” <christofer.fjellner@europarl.europa.eu>, “dimitrios.droutsas@europarl.europa.eu” <dimitrios.droutsas@europarl.europa.eu>, “emilie.turunen@europarl.europa.eu” <emilie.turunen@europarl.europa.eu>, “ewald.stadler@europarl.europa.eu” <ewald.stadler@europarl.europa.eu>, “geoffrey.vanorden@europarl.europa.eu” <geoffrey.vanorden@europarl.europa.eu>, “georgesabin.cutas@europarl.europa.eu” <georgesabin.cutas@europarl.europa.eu>, “isabelle.durant@europarl.europa.eu” <isabelle.durant@europarl.europa.eu>, “josef.weidenholzer@europarl.europa.eu” <josef.weidenholzer@europarl.europa.eu>, “lena.kolarska-bobinska@europarl.europa.eu” <lena.kolarska-bobinska@europarl.europa.eu>, “marco.scurria@europarl.europa.eu” <marco.scurria@europarl.europa.eu>, “marit.paulsen@europarl.europa.eu” <marit.paulsen@europarl.europa.eu>, “marita.ulvskog@europarl.europa.eu” <marita.ulvskog@europarl.europa.eu>, “martin.ehrenhauser@europarl.europa.eu” <martin.ehrenhauser@europarl.europa.eu>, Member <kurt.lechner@europarl.europa.eu>, Member <marietje.schaake@europarl.europa.eu>, Member <kathleen.vanbrempt@europarl.europa.eu>, “michael.gahler@europarl.europa.eu” <michael.gahler@europarl.europa.eu>, “niki.tzavela@europarl.europa.eu” <niki.tzavela@europarl.europa.eu>, “oreste.rossi@europarl.europa.eu” <oreste.rossi@europarl.europa.eu>, “pavel.poc@europarl.europa.eu” <pavel.poc@europarl.europa.eu>, “pawel.zalewski@europarl.europa.eu” <pawel.zalewski@europarl.europa.eu>, “peter.jahr@europarl.europa.eu” <peter.jahr@europarl.europa.eu>, “philippe.juvin@europarl.europa.eu” <philippe.juvin@europarl.europa.eu>, “potito.salatto@europarl.europa.eu” <potito.salatto@europarl.europa.eu>, “sabine.verheyen@europarl.europa.eu” <sabine.verheyen@europarl.europa.eu>, “salvatore.tatarella@europarl.europa.eu” <salvatore.tatarella@europarl.europa.eu>, “sergio.cofferati@europarl.europa.eu” <sergio.cofferati@europarl.europa.eu>, Vice Chair <cornelia.ernst@europarl.europa.eu>
Cc: “adam.bielan@europarl.europa.eu” <adam.bielan@europarl.europa.eu>, “adinaioana.valean@europarl.europa.eu” <adinaioana.valean@europarl.europa.eu>, “adrian.severin@europarl.europa.eu” <adrian.severin@europarl.europa.eu>, “agnes.lebrun@europarl.europa.eu” <agnes.lebrun@europarl.europa.eu>, “alain.lamassoure@europarl.europa.eu” <alain.lamassoure@europarl.europa.eu>, “alejo.vidal-quadras@europarl.europa.eu” <alejo.vidal-quadras@europarl.europa.eu>, “Alexander.MIRSKY@europarl.europa.eu” <Alexander.MIRSKY@europarl.europa.eu>, “alexandergraf.lambsdorff@europarl.europa.eu” <alexandergraf.lambsdorff@europarl.europa.eu>, ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….<anne.delvaux@europarl.europa.eu>, “anneli.jaatteenmaki@europarl.europa.eu” <anneli.jaatteenmaki@europarl.europa.eu>, “anni.podimata@europarl.europa.eu” <anni.podimata@europarl.europa.eu>, “antonio.campos@europarl.europa.eu” <antonio.campos@europarl.europa.eu>, “antonio.lopezisturiz@europarl.europa.eu” <antonio.lopezisturiz@europarl.europa.eu>, “arnaud.danjean@europarl.europa.eu” <arnaud.danjean@europarl.europa.eu>, “astrid.lulling@europarl.europa.eu” <astrid.lulling@europarl.europa.eu>, “bastiaan.belder@europarl.europa.eu” <bastiaan.belder@europarl.europa.eu>, “bernd.posselt@europarl.europa.eu” <bernd.posselt@europarl.europa.eu>, “bernhard.rapkay@europarl.europa.eu” <bernhard.rapkay@europarl.europa.eu>, “boguslaw.liberadzki@europarl.europa.eu” <boguslaw.liberadzki@europarl.europa.eu>, “boris.zala@europarl.europa.eu” <boris.zala@europarl.europa.eu>, “brian.simpson@europarl.europa.eu” <brian.simpson@europarl.europa.eu>, “carlo.casini@europarl.europa.eu” <carlo.casini@europarl.europa.eu>, “carmen.romerolopez@europarl.europa.eu” <emilio.menendezdelvalle@europarl.europa.eu>, “emine.bozkurt@europarl.europa.eu” <emine.bozkurt@europarl.europa.eu>, “enrique.guerrerosalom@europarl.europa.eu” <enrique.guerrerosalom@europarl.europa.eu>, EP President <martin.schulz@europarl.europa.eu>, ………………………………………………………………………

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Related links to MEPs’ trip to Iran:

http://tinyurl.com/blbgvba       

http://tinyurl.com/c4ro3qf

http://ecrgroup.eu/?p=8430

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Editor Note
Just 2 days ago we found out that European Parliament – Iran Delegation are scheduled to take a trip to Iran on April 26, 2013 to visit and negotiate with IRI authorities. This in nothing new and has become a routine for European Parliament to annually organize sending their members to Iran to bargain with the regime. And every year we send them our letter of concern and objection. Fortunately due to Iranian protest their trips have repeatedly been cancelled in recent years.

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This year, as before, a letter has been prepared but since there was not much time to recruit names for signing the letter, the names of the same people who signed the last-year letter were used . This morning I’ve sent the following letter to the Members of European Parliament, the Iran delegation, and EP President. The letter has also been cc’d to select U.S. Senators & Members of the House, and State Department.

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Mansur Rastani
4, 24, 2013

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Response from European Parliament

MEP Hannes Swoboda, President and leader of the Social Democratic Party in European Parliament has responded to our letter ( the following is his response), he mentioned that the Parliament has put the condition of visiting the winners of Sakharov Prize back on the agenda of Delegation’s trip.

However, this condition can only be used by MEPs as a pretext to get approval on their trip from opposition in the Parliament, claiming that they want to make dialogue with the representatives of civil society in Iran, but nobody knows what they really have in  mind once they get in Iran, probably interest in more trades and business with Mullahs, giving Mullahs legitimacy and the needed tips to survive another forged election, etc….., or what?

The response from Hannes Swoboda:

Dear Sir or Madam,
I would like to thank you for your open letter and for sharing your views and concerns with me regarding to the planned visit of the Iran-Delegation of the European Parliament to Iran.

For the moment the delegation obtained a formal mandate by the Conference of Presidents to travel to Iran, providing that the security situation on site is satisfactory. The mandate for the visit is linked to the aim that the delegation will be able to meet up with representatives of civil society, for example this year’s winner of the Sakharov Prize.

You mention in your letter that it is the Iranian people who are in need of receiving international attention. This is also the opinion of the European Parliament. The visit is a clear sign from the European Parliament to the Iranian society that Europe has not forgot about Iran, but is actively looking for contact with the civil society. This is the only possibility to keep a dialogue alive. A total isolation would only strengthen existing radicalising forces.
We believe that the visit of the delegation will strengthen the dialogue with civil society in order to strengthen fundamental values of freedom and justice.

Kind regards,
Hannes Swoboda
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MEP Hannes Swoboda
President of the S&D Group
European Parliament

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email: hannes.swoboda@europarl.europa.eu
online: http://www.hannes-swoboda.at

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We haven’t replied to MEP Hannes Swoboda’s response as yet since we noticed that the trip has been postponed by the Chair of the Delegation, Tarja Cronberg:

Press statement on the planned visit to Iran by the Bureau of the Delegation for Relations with Iran 25.4.2013

On the planned visit to Iran by the Bureau of the Delegation for Relations with Iran Ms. Tarja Cronberg, the head of the delegation gave the following statement: 

‘The visit of the Bureau of the Delegation for Relations with Iran of the European Parliament to Iran on 2-6 May has been postponed as it has proved impossible for the Majlis to receive the delegation from the European Parliament on the dates proposed. Alternative dates are being sought.’

Click here to read the full article in Tarja Cronberg

Also the following link confirms the trip has been postponed.

European Parliament delegation again puts off Iran visit

 

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