West has ‘sacrificed its values’ to advance nuclear talks with Iran, MEP says

NCRI – The West has ‘sacrificed its values’ and turned a blind eye to human rights abuses in Iran to advance the nuclear talks, a British MEP has told a conference in Paris.

Jude Kirton-Darling also said it was ‘totally unacceptable’ that the international community had abandoned Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty who the US and UN had recognised as refugees needing safe haven.

Speaking on the first anniversary of the Camp Ashraf massacre, Ms Kirton-Darling said: “It is with sadness that I’m participating in your conference on the anniversary of two horrible massacres; one on 1 September 2013 in Camp Ashraf and the other between August and October of 1988 when 30,000 political prisoners affiliated with PMOI (MEK) were brutally slaughtered in Iranian prisons. I pay tribute to the victims of these tragedies.

“I strongly regret that our governments are holding talks with the Iranian regime, while remaining silent on the fact that that same regime targets its opponents and has murdered them in such brutal ways.

“It seems to me that we have sacrificed our values and turned a blind eye to the human rights situation in Iran to advance the nuclear talks.

“Our silence has sadly allowed the regime to commit more human rights abuses under the cover of these talks.

“We should not make our positions on human rights conditional, on nuclear talks or any other topic. Human rights are human rights and there can be no exception.”

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