Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has called on the European Union and United States to ban Iran from using U.S. and European satellites to broadcast what she described as the Islamic Republic’s propaganda, Reuters reports.
Ebadi (right), exiled in Britain since 2009, expressed disappointment with Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani.
“The motto of Mr Rouhani was that he was going to change the conditions and this is why people voted for him. Unfortunately that’s not what happened,” she said:
Ebadi said the number of executions in Iran since Rouhani’s June election was twice what it was a year ago, when Ahmadinejad was still in power. Nearly all of the opposition activists in prison before he was elected are still in prison and religious and ethnic minorities continue to be persecuted, she added.
She cited figures from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), which reported that over 200 people, including as many as four minors, were executed between June 14 and October 1. She said it was double the number of executions that took place in the same period in 2012.
“Unfortunately the world focuses on nuclear energy more than human rights and does not pay attention to the situation of violations of human rights in Iran,” she said. “And this is why the human rights conditions are worsening.”
“Are you willing to shake hands with a government that stones women? Are you going to trust a government that executes its political opposition? Are you willing to compromise standards of human rights, that you believe in, for your own security?”
FIDH is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, the Washington-based democracy assistance NGO.