Skip to content

“We should battle with the weapons of the regime”

Marianne: How would you describe your assembly with the President of the French Republic?

Ladan Boroumand: This assembly has a symbolic that means, as a result of in 43 years, no head of state, no minister had formally met Iranian dissidents. On this, it’s a nice victory of the present battle of the Iranian folks. By receiving us, 4 Iranian ladies of various generations and backgrounds, the French authorities is signaling that it hears the voices and calls for of Iranians, and never simply these of the opposition overseas. I feel President Macron had the intelligence to know that the present battle isn’t solely an essential battle for Iranians, but in addition for democracy all over the place, together with in France, and that all of us have a standard trigger.

What do you concretely anticipate from the French authorities?

Cut back diplomatic exchanges to a strict minimal. Stop all help for commerce between the 2 nations. Designate the Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group. Sanction the Iranian leaders implicated within the repression, and freeze their property on European Union territory. Ban the press and propaganda organs of the Islamic Republic which can be on EU territory, and expel their employees. Work in the direction of a decision to exclude the Islamic Republic of Iran from the UN Fee on the Standing of Ladies. And at last, ask the UN to analyze the intense human rights violations dedicated by the regime. Now we have insisted so much on this final level as a result of if this fee is established, its documentation might be used within the courts.

Did you get the impression that President Macron was prepared to cut back diplomatic relations with Iran when at the very least seven French nationals are in Iranian jails?

The problem was raised by Roya [Roya Piraie dont le geste de se couper les cheveux sur la tombe de sa mère assassinée par la force de l’ordre en septembre dernier a fait le tour du monde], who requested her to not shake fingers together with her mom’s killers once more. He listened to her fastidiously and made it clear that sustaining diplomatic relations doesn’t imply being in settlement, and that the conferences he had with the Iranian leaders have been very robust. He turned to his translator to take him to witness. He assured us that he wouldn’t give an inch on human rights points, that he’s in favor of firmness however of sustaining dialogue.

READ ALSO: Iran: “It is too early for a revolution however a breach is opening within the fortress”

The truth is that the hostage diplomacy of the Islamic Republic has all the time been very efficient. And the French should perceive this and should, for my part, boycott journey to Iran as a result of the regime makes use of vacationers as bargaining chips to launch assassins and perpetuate terrorism. I imagine that if all of the nations which have hostages in Iran unite, act in live performance, and recall their ambassadors, the regime will give in.

Do you assume {that a} agency and coordinated response from the Europeans will drive the regime to additionally give in to the calls for of the Iranians?

That is what I informed the president. If we present solidarity with the Iranian folks, we will put strain on the regime to decrease the extent of violence and create respiration house for folks to prepare themselves higher. Look now, they exasperate and exhaust legislation enforcement. There’s already a sure collective intelligence. They’re organized in a disorganized manner, which shocked and introduced the regime to a standstill. They’re unpredictable and spontaneous. And if the regime offers in and releases the political prisoners, there could also be the potential for coalitions, formations, organizations, in order that opposition figures emerge on the spot.

We should battle with the weapons of the regime. They use a psychological warfare, which consists in making the inhabitants imagine that it’s remoted, that the world has nothing to do with its aspirations. And subsequently, that there is no such thing as a different answer than the Islamic Republic, that the Iranians are condemned to decide on between evil and the worst in perpetuity. Nonetheless, the Iranian youth, all those that went to the tomb of Mahsa Amini, these ladies who took off their headband, who burned it, clearly say that they not settle for these guidelines of the sport and that henceforth this they’re those who will impose their guidelines. So we now have to help them.

Do you assume it’s the feminine determine, consultant of this motion, who has made the worldwide neighborhood at the moment take a special have a look at the calls for of Iranian society, which nevertheless don’t date from at the moment?

This unveiled feminine presence reassures democracies and reveals them that there’s a frequent philosophy. The slogan “Lady, life, freedom!” which actually fascinated the world, sums up this philosophy completely. I informed the President of the Republic, folks like me have been speaking about human rights in Iran for forty years, however we have been invisible. Individuals checked out us and thought we have been westernized. A real Iranian wish to be flogged, stoned. He would love a theocratic dictatorship. Little ladies would like to be married off at 9, and so on. The truth is, that’s what prevailed in folks’s minds.

READ ALSO: Iran: “The trail to democracy solely passes by means of a gradual reform of the Islamic Republic”

Nonetheless, this motion has allowed Iranians to indicate their true colours to the world. However I feel there’s something else too. France is confronted with a harmful Islamism at dwelling which challenges its personal values. We all know that it was Iran which, because the Nineteen Eighties, created a type of Islamist internationalism. I feel Westerners perceive this now and see this motion as a chance for historic change within the area and on the earth. I stated to Mr Macron: the fertile floor that feeds totalitarianism is the incoherence of democracies “. I informed him that in Iranian dungeons, interrogators inform prisoners: Westerners do not care about you. Their human rights are garbage. They’re thrown a juicy contract, they usually overlook about human rights. » Due to this fact, it is extremely essential that we’re constant and present our dedication to common rules collectively.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *