Iran is slaughtering poets, EU remains "very concerned"

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.
Our organization, Mattot Arim, has written to the European Union’s delegation in Israel. Our letter began by challenging the European Union’s 
preoccupation with Judea and Samaria. But our letter was really about Europe’s shocking acquiescence with the barbarism in Iran.
Excerpts from our letter:
“EU officials are making absolutely sure that settlement products do not benefit from the EU’s free trade agreement with Israel. EU officials are  hard at work generating a compilation of very complicated legislation, so that the above noble goal is achieved “in a correct and comprehensive fashion”.

“In parallel, we are reading about Iranian poets sentenced to 99 lashes and years of imprisonment, seemingly for lack of compliance with Ayatollah Khamenei’s recent guidelines on what "good Islamic poets" should observe. Among other occurrences, the poet Sa'id Sultanpour was abducted on his wedding day and shot dead in a Tehran prison.... Mr. Rahman Hatefi-Monfared had his veins cut and was left to bleed to death in the notorious Evin Prison. 

“Many Israelis are wondering whether the EU is not strangely preoccupied with what it believes to be Israeli misdeeds, relative to shocking misdeeds in other countries. Are Iranian human rights violations new or ongoing for some years, and if ongoing what guidelines and legislation has the EU managed to put out regarding this  issue? Does the EU recognize Iran’s authority to impose this sort of punishment and if not, has suitable legislation been formulated and what guidelines ensure this legislation is applied in a correct and comprehensive fashion.”

The EU loves to label, so its detailed, carefully phrased response to Mattot Arim was labeled: “The recipient(s) shall respect the confidentiality of the message content”.   Therefore, we cannot publish the contents of the response. But we can certainly share what the response did not  contain. It did not contain anyhing of import beyond the EU’s known handling of Iran (in striking contrast to the EU’s handling of Israel). Here are some examples:

1, Rather than handling Iranian barbarism “in a correct and comprehensive fashion”, the EU merely repeats over and over phrases like: “Very concerned”, “grave concern”, “repeated concern” and “deploring”:     “The EU is very concerned by the human rights situation in Iran. The EU has made numerous public statements to this respect....Every year since 2004, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution, supported by many countries, including those of the EU, expressing grave concern at the human rights situation in Iran.... [T]he EU has repeatedly voiced its concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran. It deplored the widespread repression of Iranian citizens... The EU’s principal and consistent call on Iran, as on other states around the world, is that it lives up to the international human rights standards and obligations to which it has itself subscribed.”

2. The EU has issued a few restrictions -- against Iranian individuals -- not against the state of Iran!  (“[The EU] has adopted restrictive measures on 84 named Iranian individuals ...responsible... for grave human rights violations.”)

3.  [T]he EU is “open to exchange views with Iran on human rights issues”.  (Very helpful that will be!)  and in a similar vein: “[T]he European Union’s objective remains to develop with Iran a constructive partnership...The EU wants to “build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear programme”. Again: That’s “the exclusively peaceful nature”  of the Iranian nuclear program.

4.  “[A] mandate for a special UN rapporteur was created by the Human Rights Council in 2011 (4 years ago!!, however, surprise:) “[u]nfortunately, he still has not been permitted to visit Iran.”  Does the EU respond to this, as it does to any self-preserving Israeli action, “in a correct, comprehensive fashion"? Of course not. Instead, the EU simply “continues to call on Iran to allow the Special Rapporteur to visit the country”. The EU has been calling this call for 4 long years.