Human Rights Official Condemns EU Parliament’s Secret Meeting with Iranian Dissidents
Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani blasted the EU parliamentary delegation which recently visited Iran for their secret meeting with two Iranian dissidents at the Greek embassy, and said the EU delegation’s behavior proved that the westerners have not changed their policy towards Tehran.
“The European delegation didn’t even show the minimum respect for the rules of diplomatic behavior and held a meeting with sedition activists and convicts and sympathized with them,” Larijani said in a televised interview on Sunday night.
“The European delegation’s behavior shows that the westerners have not changed their policy towards Iran,” he added.
The delegation of the European parliament secretly met with lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi in the Greek Embassy during its recent visit to Tehran. The two were tried and convicted for their involvement in the unrests following the 2009 presidential election.
After official announcement of the election results on June 13, 2009, supporters of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s main rival Mir Hossein Moussavi – who rejected the results – took to the streets of Tehran and other cities in daily rallies.
But later, millions of Iranian people as well as the Iranian police, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (mobilized volunteer) forces staged a strong presence and ended weeklong demonstrations and unrests in the capital.
Also, on December 30, 2009, pro-government rallies were staged by millions of Iranians after a group of opposition supporters – including those who took part in the post-election unrests in June – took advantage of the highly revered religious day of Ashoura on December 27 – the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Shiite Muslims’ third Imam – to chant slogans against top Iranian government officials.
On the same day (December 27), tens of millions of Iranians were on the streets to take part in annual massive processions across the country to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (AS).
Clashes began after demonstrators started clapping and showing happiness, insulting the mourning people who were also in the streets to commemorate Imam Hossein’s martyrdom anniversary.
In response to the Ashoura unrest, millions of Iranians took to the streets on Wednesday Dec. 30, 2009, demanding that rioters be brought to justice.
Later, Iran revealed that a number of western states have played a major role in stoking the unrests both after the presidential elections and on the Ashoura Day, singling out Britain and the US for meddling. Tehran also revealed strong evidence substantiating the interfering role of several foreign embassies and diplomats in stirring riots in Iran.