Lawmakers Sign Historic Declaration Condemning Irans Human Rights
Press Release: Washington DC, Brussels. September 28, 2009
Summary: Find an important declaration issued by members from the
US Congress, the European Parliament and the Canadian Federal Parliament
condemning the Iranian regime for abusing the human rights of its
people. The Declaration was issued by the newly formed "Transatlantic
Parliamentary Group on Counter Terrorism" (TAG) which includes
lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic. TAG is co-chaired by US
Rep. Sue Myrick and MEP Jaime Mayor-Oreja The Iran declaration will
be sent to all members of legislatures in the West and to the United
Nations. Dr. Walid Phares, who serves as an advisor to the US House
Caucus on Counter Terrorism and Guillermo Martinez Casan, former European
legislator, were selected as TAG co-secretary general.
European and North American Legislators issuing the Declaration
Trans-Atlantic Parliamentary Group on Counter Terrorism
Issues a Declaration Condemning Human Rights Abuse in Iran and Calls
for an International Investigation
(WASHINGTON, DC) On Tuesday, September 22, 2009, Members
of the US Congress, Members of European Parliament and a Member of the
Canadian Parliament signed an historic document condemning Irans
continued human rights abuses. This document was signed at the second
Trans-Atlantic Group on Counter Terrorism, or TAG, summit hosted by
TAG co-chairs US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) and Member of European
Parliament Jaime Mayor Oreja (EU-Spain).
This is historic because it is the first document signed by a
group of international lawmakers addressing the Iranian regimes
human rights atrocities against the Iranian people, said US Representative
Sue Myrick (NC-09), who is also the Co-Chair of the US Bipartisan House
Caucus on Counter Terrorism. We are keeping a close watch on the
Iran nuclear weapons situation, but this will not cause us to forget
the human rights atrocities committed by the Iranian regime. We say
to the Iranian people who continue their fight for freedom, We
have not forgotten you. We stand with you". At the signing session
which took place inside the US Congress, MEP Jaime Mayor Oreja, who
serves as the Vice President for the EPP at the European Parliament,
said "it is the first time that legislators from both sides of
the Atlantic are coming together to address the threats of Jihadi terror.
We are pleased to have accomplished this first step and other important
steps will follow." Oreja oversees the European Ideas Network (EIN),
the Policy Think Tank of the EPP.
Members of Congress who signed this declaration include: Sue Myrick
(NC), Kay Granger (TX), Paul Broun (GA), Bill Shuster (PA), Ed Royce
(CA), and former Congressman Bud Cramer (AL).
Members of the European Parliament who signed this declaration include:
Mr. Jaime Mayor Oreja (Spain), a former Minister of Interior, Mrs. Corien
Worthmann-Kool (Netherlands), Mr. Timothy Kirkhope MEP (UK), Mr. Othmar
Karas (Austria), Mr. Marian Jean Marinescu (Romania), and Mr. Ioannis
Kasoulides (Cyprus), a former Foreign Minister.
Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, a former Minister of Justice, also joined
the delegations and signed the declaration.
In addition, a number of former legislators and experts have participated
in the meetings leading to the declaration.
The declaration calls on:
1) The government of Iran to put an immediate end to the abuses of its
citizens human rights;
2) The U.N. Secretary General to dispatch a team of investigators to
Iran to inquire about the human rights abuses and report back their
findings to the international community. We urge this team to visit
political detainees in prisons, meet with the leaders of the opposition
and with the demonstrators to present a full picture of abuse taking
3) Our respective governments of the United States, the European Union
and Canada, and on the United Nations, to investigate the so-called
"Basij militia" for alleged abuse of human rights;
4) The United Nations Human Rights Council to freeze the membership
of Iran until a full investigation by the Council and the U.N. Secretary
General on the mass scale abuse of human rights in Iran is completed;
including the identification of those inside the Iranian regime responsible
for issuing the orders to commit the atrocities. Iran should not be
allowed to remain on the Human Rights Council when it does not defend
human rights within its own border.
The goal of TAG is to create a working relationship between legislators
from Europe and North America to address terrorism and the threat it
poses to democracies. The first TAG summit was held April 30, 2008,
in Washington, DC. The second TAG summit helped solidify the strong
counter-terrorism trans-Atlantic partnership among lawmakers.
At the summit, lawmakers discussed how democracies can address terror
threats, not as individual countries, but as an international community.
TAG Members also selected Dr. Walid Phares, from the Foundation for
Defense of Democracies, and Guillermo Martinez-Casan, from the European
Ideas Network, as the TAG co-secretary general.
In the US, the declaration was issued by Rep Myrick's office. For more
information please contact Taylor Stanford at (202) 225-1976
For Information on TAG contact the Secretariat General in Washington
230 Cannon House Office Building