The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament strongly condemns the increasing use of the death penalty and abuses of power by Iranian security forces against peaceful protestors, calling on the Council to strengthen the sanctions against the regime and its officials, and designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation.
In a resolution on the EU response to the protests and executions in Iran, today approved by the plenary, our political group also deplores the Iranian regime’s supply of weapons to Russia for its war of aggression against Ukraine, and urges the Council to consider reinstating some of the restrictive measures imposed on Iran prior to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The EU must better coordinate to ensure the safety of the Iranian diaspora on its territory and to enhance support for independent human rights and civil society organisations, as well as independent media platforms, and by supporting the efforts of like-minded partners to maintain internet connectivity in Iran.
Speaking during the debate, MEP Frédérique Ries (MR, Belgium), Vice President of Renew Europe Group, said:
“Mohammad Mehdi Karami, Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, Alireza Akbari were hanged some days ago because a whole people is rising up and making Tehran tremble. The democratic revolution is not weakening and the EU must show unfailing solidarity and impose targeted sanctions. At the same time, we demand the unconditional release of the 25 Europeans, including the Belgian Olivier Vandecasteele, imprisoned without reason and sentenced in a sham of justice. We must act united to save our hostages.”
Renew Europe MEP, Bart Groothuis (VVD, The Netherlands), Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with Iran, added:
“Putting the IRGC on EUs terror list is not just condemning IRGCs dangerous ideology and terror activities, it is above all a strong signal of support to the brave Iranian people. Blocking IRGC propaganda, IRGC financial assets and travel opportunities will also help to protect the Iranian diaspora in Europe. Women, life and freedom starts with listing IRGC as a terror organisation.”