A petition signed by prominent Europeans was launched today as part of a European-wide campaign to put the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on the terror list of the European Union. The petition’s signatories also urge the EU and its member states to ban trade, and encourage their countries’ businesses to cease economic activity, with entities associated with the IRGC.
The petition, launched by the European STOP THE BOMB Coalition, was signed by prominent European officials from eight countries. The signature list includes diplomats, member-state parliamentarians, former and current Minister’s of Defense, Interior, European Affairs and other cabinet-level positions, as well as academicians and a Nobel Prize Laureate. Acknowledging the broad support for sanctions against Iran, this petition is signed by representatives of most of the major political parties across Europe.
The IRGC is instrumental to the suppression of the Iranian pro-democracy movement, Iran’s sponsoring of terrorist organizations and its nuclear weapons programme while controlling the majority of the Iranian economy. As Iran’s most important trading partner, the EU is in a unique position to affect change. Therefore, the EU has the responsibility to impose severe sanctions to thwart Tehran’s drive towards nuclear weapons, and to firmly act towards the protection of human rights in Iran.
The European STOP THE BOMB Coalition is active in a number of European countries to educate public discourse, politicians and government officials on the Iranian military nuclear threat and the abuses by the Iranian regime against its people.