Monday, March 06, 2017

Protests against the invitation of an Iranian delegation to the German Parliament

STOP THE BOMB supports a rally of the German-Israeli Friendship Society (Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft Berlin und Potsdam) against a reception of the delegation by the German-Iranian parliamentary group, which will be held on Monday, March 6th, at 6 pm at the Hotel Adlon, Pariser Platz. The event on facebook here.
 This morning, a delegation of Iranian deputies arrives in Berlin for a week of political talks. The delegation will be accompanied by the chairmen of the German-Iranian parliamentary group Rolf Mützenich (SPD) and Thomas Feist (CDU). Talks are scheduled with Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, with Patricia Lips (CDU), Bernd Fabritius (CSU), Simone Raatz (SPD), Corinna Rüffer (Green Party) and Kersten Steinke (Left Party). On Thursday, the delegation will participate at a plenary session and will be seated on the “tribune of honor”.

STOP THE BOMB protests against the invitation and calls upon members of parliament to begin a dialogue with the democratic Iranian opposition and with human rights activists who had fled Iran. There have been protests in Iran for weeks in the Ahwaz region, which are brutally suppressed. In spite of this oppression, asylum applications of dissidents from the region have been rejected recently.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Ulrike Becker comments: "Members of the German Bundestag should not give legitimacy to a dictatorship that oppresses the opposition. Parliamentarians in a democracy should not act as lobbyists for economic contracts with a state that massively violates human rights and threatens to destroy Israel."

Iran is largely responsible for the destruction of Syria, the expulsion of the Sunni population and the largest refugee crisis for decades. The Iranian theocracy has the highest number of executions per capita. No free press exists in Iran; millions of internet sites are blocked. In January, Amnesty International published a report about the persistent use of cruel and inhuman punishments, including floggings, amputations and forced blinding. In January, a journalist was lashed 40 times for "inaccurate" reporting.

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