On the occasion of World Day against the Death Penalty and in protest to death sentences against political prisoners as 'Mohareb' (enemy of God), a major rally and demonstration was staged in Paris on Saturday, October 9. Participants called upon the European Union to impose sanctions against Iranian regime's officials for their systematic violation of human rights including suppression of dissidents and protesters.
French personalities including Jean-Pierre Brard, Member of French National Assembly and co-president of Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic and Secular Iran, Jean-Pierre Bequet, former MP and Mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise and founding member of the French Committee for a Democratic Iran that includes dozens of prominent French figures, senators and MPs, voiced their support for the goals of rally.
Several protesters in Iran have been sentenced to death over the past year on the charge of 'Moharebeh' (waging war against God). Majority of political prisoners sentenced to death are sympathizers of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or relatives of Resistance members in Camp Ashraf including Mrs. Farah (Almira) Vazehan and Messrs. Ali Saremi, Mohsen Daneshpour, Ahmad Daneshpour, Mohammad Haj Aghaei, Jafar Kazemi, Javad Lari, Abdolreza Ghanbari who are on death row. One of the participants in the rally, Ms. Homeira Vazehan, sister of Ms. Farah Vazehan, said her sister has been sentenced to death on the charge of taking photos and films of demonstrations in Iran and sending them abroad. She called on international community to take effective measures to save the life of her sister and others on death row.
Demonstrators carried pictures of individuals who have been sentenced to death recently for their participation in last year uprisings.
In their final declaration, demonstrators expressed support for the call by President-elect of the Iranian Resistance Mrs. Maryam Rajavi to impose comprehensive sanctions against officials of the Iranian regime plus those involved in the execution of 120,000 political prisoners, especially the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, and killing of protesters in the past three decades. The declaration also calls on the European Union, especially France, to impose sanctions on those responsible for torture and execution and guilty of brutal and systematic violation of human rights.
Participants welcomed recent decision by President of the United States to impose sanctions against eight top officials of the clerical regime involved in torture, execution and massacre of the Iranian people. They called on the United States and the United Nations Security Council to adopt more effective measures against all perpetrators of the criminal suppression of the Iranian people.
Protesters called for an end to the arrest of relatives of Ashraf residents in Iran and a halt to their death sentences. They also urged the United Nations and the United States government to continue with their obligations by ending the twenty-month-long blockade of Ashraf and the round the clock psychological torture of Ashraf residents by agents dispatched by the clerical regime that has been going on for the past eight months at the entrance of Ashraf.