In Berlin, a group of 43 members of the German Social Democratic Party in the German Parliament demanded that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IGRC) be listed as a terrorist group. The latest development comes as protests in Iran continue into the fourth month over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of the Islamic morality police over her hijab wear.
According to Iran International, German representatives said that the Islamic government in Tehran has “lost its legitimacy,” given the assassinations it has committed against its own people.
Other German political parties like Alliance 90/The Greens and Free Democratic Party also favor such a measure, making it a possibility that the IRGC will be blacklisted by the German government and the European Union (EU).
“We are ready to take tougher and more intense steps than the previous sanctions of the European Union against the barbaric clerical regime,” said Kaweh Mansoori, an Iranian member of the German Social Democratic Party.
In November, the German parliament passed a set of measures against the Islamic Republic following a session on the current protests in Iran. The ratified motion, submitted by German lawmakers, called on the German government to support the protest movement in Iran and increase pressure on the regime in Tehran.
Representatives also called for examination on whether the Islamic Center in Hamburg could be closed for good, describing it as a “hub of the operations of the Iranian regime in Germany.”
The actions by the German government come as the Dutch Parliament on Thursday passed a motion urging the government to support the EU’S designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization, following the brutal repression of protesters and supply of drones to Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.
In early December, the EU designated several individuals and Iran’s state media over human rights abuses and several individuals and entities for sending drones to Moscow.
Since the protests began, members of the German parliament have sponsored Iranian political prisoners who are in danger of imminent execution on unsubstantiated charges.
Throughout the EU, Iranian expats have taken to the streets to stand in solidarity with the protesters while calling for governments to apply pressure on the Islamic Republic through economic sanctions and speak out against the regime.
In response to the economic sanctions by European governments and condemnation by officials, members of the regime in Tehran have blamed Western countries for inciting the protests to overthrow the Islamic Republic. Arrested protesters have faced charges of spying for the EU and the United States, facing brutal torture and the death penalty.