Increasing crises, futureless status of mullahs’ regime & indispensable defeat of investing in such a state
NCRI STATEMENT: The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the visits to Paris and The Hague made by Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of the religious fascism ruling Iran, describing it as against human rights, democracy and peace in Iran and the entire Middle East. The report card of the government that Zarif represents speaks for itself:
– At least 2,400 executions under the tenure of the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani – The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran in his latest report said around 1,000 people were executed in 2015, resembling the highest figure in the past 25 years.
– Juvenile executions – According to the U.N. Special Rapporteur the execution of juveniles in 2014-2015 reached the highest rate in the past five years.
– Increasing crackdown and detention of writers, reporters and artists.
– Intensifying oppression and execution against religious/ethnic minorities including the Kurds, Arabs, Baluchis and Sunnis.
– Dispatching thousands of armed forces to Syria in a comprehensive show of military and economic support for the Levant dictator. Some 70,000 Revolutionary Guards and their hired foreign mercenaries are busy massacring the Syrian people as we speak.
– Continuing ballistic missile tests in complete violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231.
On the other hand, the crises of this regime, especially following the nuclear agreement, have unprecedentedly escalated and the mullahs’ regime has become significantly weaker and more fragile than ever before in the face of intensifying social protests, and any investment in this regime is doomed to fail. The regime’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei on June 19th once again reiterated his regime’s nightmare of nationwide uprisings.
“The universities have turned into platforms for divergence from the meanings and values of the revolution… anyone who challenges the establishment under any pretext such as elections is an uncertain individual and has no qualification to appear in the universities,” he said.
The appointment of Ahmad Jannati, one of the most hardline extremists and criminals known for his die-hard loyalty to Khamenei, who already is chair of the ultraconservative Guardian Council, as the head of the Assembly of Experts completely eliminated any illusion of moderation in Iran. Such a notion was boasted and campaigned with motivated intentions for specific interests by the regime and a portion of its Western supporters.
On May 13 Zarif described Mustafa Badreddin, the senior Lebanese Hezbollah commander in Syria recently killed near Damascus, as a “great and tireless man” and “full of love, sensation and epic in defending the rightful causes of Islam.” Back in January 2014 Zarif laid a wreath and paid his respects to former Hezbollah military commander Emad Muqniye.
Zarif cannot distance himself from the regime’s fundamental functions through various pretexts such as the existence of different factions inside the regime, and as a result flee from his responsibilities regarding the regime’s crimes inside Iran and abroad. He must be held accountable for the regime’s actions in the field of human rights, terrorism and sending thousands of armed forces to Syria. Any increase in economic relations with the Iranian regime must be conditioned on specific and practical steps taken by Tehran to improve human rights, halting the regime’s meddling in the region and its support for terrorism. Investing in relations with the mullahs is tantamount to beating a dead horse.