Ms. Federica Mogherini traveled to Tehran on 5 August, 2017 in her capacity as Chair of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, to attend the inauguration ceremony of Rouhani for his second term.
Prior to her trip some Syrians and Italians as well as other citizens not to mention Iranians took to the social media using the Hashtag #NO2Rouhani to condemn this trip and ask her to not turn a blind eye to Iran’s human rights abuses nor the Interferences in Syria and Iraq,
Obviously Ms. Mogherini was traveling to Tehran to review the state of implementation of the nuclear deal but forgetting that the interferences of IRGC in Syria are much more dangerous than the nuclear deal, she also turned a blind eye on the Human Right situation dispite the resent report by Amnesty International.
Amnesty called up on the EU, which announced plans to relaunch a bilateral human rights dialogue with Iran in 2016, to speak out in the strongest terms against the persecution of human rights defenders in the country.
“The international community, and in particular the EU, must not stay silent over the outrageous treatment of human rights defenders in Iran,” said Philip Luther.
“Instead of appeasing Iranian officials, the EU should forcefully call for the immediate and unconditional release of all those jailed for their peaceful human rights activism and for an end to the misuse of the justice system to silence activists.”
The report provides a comprehensive overview of the crackdown targeting a wide range of human rights defenders from key battlegrounds for human rights in Iran. It highlights 45 cases including anti-death penalty campaigners, women’s rights activists, trade unionists, minority rights activists, human rights lawyers, and activists seeking truth, justice and reparation for mass extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances in the 1980s.
Amnesty International did also send a direct message to Federica Mogherini on twitter making sure the message was conveyed.
Abdulkafi Alhamdo a former East Aleppo resident living in Idlib now sent a message to Federica Mogherini on Periscope.tv mentioning that he was astonished that they (The EU) can claim that they are against terrorism but they go to Iran which is the source of terrorism, he explained that Iran is responsible for all the killings in Syria, he added that Iran is the father of ISIS as ISIS was created to destroy the Syrian Revolution.
Mr. Alhamdo also wished the people of Iran to get their freedom from this regime someday,
Monther Etaky another former East Aleppo resident also sent a video message to Federica Mogherini saying: As a Syrian being displaced from Aleppo my message to Ms. Federica Mogherini is, Rouhani is not a moderate, he is responsible for all the crimes that took place in Syria, the crimes of Mass murdering and the demographic change of the cities of Syria
Rouhani have participated in all these crimes that happened in Syria.
We want you to hold Rouhani accountable for all the crimes that they have done in Syria and ask him to stop sending sectarian militants to Syria
Struan Stevenson is president of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA). Wrote an article in Alarabiya net highlighting that Justice will only be achieved when the international community has the courage to reject Iran’s absurd, anemic denials and to instead respond with new economic and diplomatic pressure to the regime’s human rights abuses.
Alejo Vidal-Quadras president of the Brussels-based International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) issued a statement writing: Attending Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration in the midst of a series of revelations is morally and politically unconscionable
The statement was published on EURATIV
Mogherini’s attendance at Rouhani’s inauguration encourages Iranian impunity
The office of Mr. Gérard Deprez MEP and Chair of the ‘Friends of a Free Iran’ in European Parliament issued a press release as well.
Beatriz Becerra member of Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament from Spain wrote on her twitter account:
Mari an ordinary citizen from Italy asked Federica Mogherini to say #No2Rouhani and to respect Human Rights as well as European and Italian values, while she described Europe as one of the most beautiful places in the world,
She also wrote a blog post collecting some of the messages using the Hashtag #NO2Rouhani
Quel #No2Rouhani che può salvarmi
Benedicte is a French Social Media activist who have been following the situation in Syria and Iran during the recent years, she wrote a message recently to Federica Mogherini telling her that many lives have been sacrificed for political and financial interest. She added: This is the beautiful image that you give and that reflects the sad reality of a Europe silent in the face of criminals like Rouhani, Assad, and powerless in the face of Russia.
National Council of Resistance of Iran – Foreign Affairs Committee stated: Visit by European Officials to Iran Amidst Executions Is insult to universal values of human rights
The Iranian dissidents also participated in the #NO2Rouhani campaign on social media below are some of the tweets:
Source: Qasioun news Agency: Activists ask Federica Mogherini to say #NO2Rouhani : http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/88290