EUMANS is coordinating the initiative of submitting two official petitions to the European Parliament, with regard to the human rights situation in Ukraine and Iran. Our goal is to encourage with a popular initiative the European institutions' decisions.
The Petition to include the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps among the EU recognized terrorist organizations has been submitted by Palmira Mancuso from the Committee "Donna, vita, libertá" in Messina (Italy) in collaboration with EUMANS.
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We the undersigned:
Outraged by the ongoing violent crackdown of the Iranian police, army and other military or paramilitary organizations against peaceful and nonviolent demonstrations that call for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Convinced that European civil society in addition to organizing rallies and demonstrations all over the Union can show its support to the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement with concrete proposals to undermine the violent and disproportionate reaction of the Iranian regime against civilians that also include the death penalty for political dissidents.
Considering that on 6 October 2022, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the crackdown in particular against women in the Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizing the fact sanctions against the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in place for years should not be lifted.
Considering the crucial role that the IRGC, also known as Pasdaran, is playing in suppressing public dissent and protests in Iran with the use of violence, indiscriminate arrests as well as fabricated claims of use of force by demonstrators that have contributed to the incarceration of dozens of thousands of people who have been put on trial in blatant violation of access to defense, due process, fair trial that have already resulted in the death penalty for scores of political prisoners.
Whereas other EU partners such as Canada and the United States have taken a strong stance against the IRGC acknowledging their role, also regionally, in sponsoring groups that practice violence and have been involved in supporting totalitarian regime like the one of Assad in Syria and paramilitary groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, and that in legislative assemblies throughout Europe there are debates and decisions are urging the the listing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organizations.
Whereas on 17 October 2022, the Foreign Affairs Council discussed the situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran and announced new human rights sanctions that, for the time being, do not include stronger sanctions against the Pasdaran as such.
Whereas on 14 December 2022, The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution to expel the Islamic Republic of Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the remainder of its four-year term ending in 2026.
We call on the the European Parliament to include, as matter of urgency, an item in its agenda of 2023 to urge the Commission and the Council to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization at the EU level inviting all Member States to follow suit convinced as we are that without a more comprehensive response to this widespread and systematic violent violation of human rights the European Union there will not be a proper response and show of concrete support for the freedom struggle of Iranians.