Interview with Mr. Hasan Sharafi, spokesman and deputy general secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan
By: Jaafar Mobasher Nia
English Translation: Esmail Ebrahimi
-Mr. Sharafi, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity for having this interview with you in order to answer two questions regarding recent developments. As you know On July 8, 2011, the United States and the British governments announced visa bans on another group of Iranian officials who are well known human right violators. What is the PDKI`s view in respect to this?
H. Sharafi: Thank you very much, indeed. The persons subject to this new ban are government minsters, military commanders whom have played a role in suppressing Iranians or issued violent orders, members of the judicial system who are responsible for issuing unjust sentences against human rights activists, a number of prison officials, and even defense lawyers. We as the PDKI strongly support the recent decision by the United States, Britain and Canada in regards to the human rights violations in Iran. We believe that the international community can no longer tolerate human rights violations around the world, and the Middle Eastern region; especially in Iran. We appreciate their efforts and persistent commitment in trying to put a stop to the continuous human rights violations by the Iranian regime. These decisions and actions taken by the outside world will have a considerable effect on the regime of Islamic Republic and its repressive circles to retrieve from violating Iraniansí basic rights. Also it is a source of encouragement to Iranian people and those who are fighting for freedom. Such actions are a sign to the Iranian people and freedom fighters that the international community will not remain silent when it witnesses violations of their rights. It also encourages them to standing up to Iranian dictatorship, terror and violence.
I have to repeat that we strongly support this decision, which is in support of the Iranian people, and hope that the European countries and the rest of the world can join the United States, Britain and Canada in increasing the pressure on the Iranian regime for its unlawful acts. This regime is under the impression that its existence is due to its inhumane treatment of its people, terror, and torturing of its prisoners. Furthermore, we strongly embrace this decision and see it as a positive step and hope that further efforts will follow in increasing the level of pressure on the Islamic regime in Iran.
-Mr. Sharafi, based on your analysis this decision has been taken and will be implemented but realistically speaking how effective will these recent efforts by the US, Britain and Canada in actually accelerating the prevention of further human rights violations by the Islamic Regime? (Keep in mind that Islamic Republic has repeatedly said that Security Councilís sanction resolutions are waste of paper).
-H. Sharafi: It is true that the Islamic regime does not show any respect to the decisions taken by the international community, but it does not mean that these strong voices of protest are totally ineffective on the regimes behavior. Regardless, this decision remains a strong source of encouragement for the Iranian people and the regimesí opposition.
In regard to the other part of your question on accelerating the process of prevention, I have to say that in the past, issues like violations of human rights were considered internal issues of each country but from what we observe today it is evident that the international community is very concerned about what goes on in other countries and is carefully monitoring and discussing how to respond to the continuous violations of basic human rights by countries like Iran and others. The recent resolution along with the series of past actions and decisions taken by the democratic world in attempting to halt the antidemocratic conduct of the Islamic regime is all part of the process of preventing the ongoing violations of human rights in Iran.
Europeís dispute with Iran has always been about Uranium enrichment and the fear of Iranian attainment of nuclear weapons, however, while this issue is the main focus of the dispute, the subject of human rights violations is still a great part of the westís agenda, and as we can see countries like the US, Britain, and Canada continue to pay careful attention to the violations in Iran.
- Thank You Mr. Sharafi, spokesmen, and deputy secretary general of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan.
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