Statement by the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Maria Arena (S&D, BE), following the execution of Iranian journalist Ruhollah Zam.
“No state can become a solid and prosperous nation without values of humanity and justice. Likewise, ideologies and political systems, which do not respect human dignity and human life, deserve the strongest condemnation of the international community. The execution of Iranian journalist Ruhollah Zam is an act of cruel violence, which is not only unacceptable but absolutely abhorrent. This is a dark and a sad day for all those who defend fundamental freedoms in Iran and in any country across the globe.
There is no greatness in leaderships applying the death sentence against dissenting voices. Greatness is found only when authorities are able to overcome political challenges in a peaceful way.
I take this opportunity to extend my sincere condolences and solidarity to Mr Zam's family and friends.”
The Iranian dissident and journalist Ruhollah Zam was executed on 12 December for his role in sparking nationwide anti-government protests in 2017, after the Iranian Supreme Court upheld his death sentence, despite facing widespread condemnation.
Earlier this year, a court sentenced Zam to death after he was found guilty of “corruption on earth".
Ruhollah Zam was an Iranian activist and journalist who was best known for running an online opposition news website, called AmadNews, as well as a thriving channel on the messaging app Telegram, where he had gathered over a million followers.