The American Mideast Coalition for Democracy calls for a worldwide boycott of German companies doing business with Iran until the regime cancels its planned execution of Jamshid Sharmahd and releases him.
Jamshid Sharmahd is a German Iranian citizen who was living in California and running a website for Iranian dissidents posting their reports on human rights abuses by the regime. After a breach occurred on the website, he was identified by Iranian intelligence and agents were sent to California to assassinate him. He survived that attempt but was later kidnapped by Iranian agents while on a stopover flight in Dubai and taken to Iran in 2020. While in Iranian custody, he was tortured and signed a “confession.” Sharmahd was convicted in Iranian court for the crime of “corruption on earth” and, according to Islamic law, has been sentenced to death.
Germany expelled two Iranian diplomats in response. “The death sentence for Jamshid Sharmahd is absolutely unacceptable,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in a statement, promising a “strong reaction” to the court’s decision. “Not only is the death penalty cruel, inhuman and degrading, but Jamshid Sharmahd has never had anything approaching a fair trial. We call on Iran to revoke Jamshid Sharmahd’s death sentence and provide him with a fair appeal process based on the rule of law,” Minister Baerbock said.
“German companies doing business in Iran could find themselves in a very vulnerable position,” stated AMCD co-chair Tom Harb. “Iranians love German cars and buy a lot of them. But not only could there be a worldwide campaign to stop buying German cars, but these German companies could possibly be sued for helping to fund the terrorist state that tortured and killed this hostage.”
“A boycott of German cars could be the beginning of the end of European involvement with Iran,” added AMCD co-chair John Hajjar. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran deal, did nothing to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but European companies took advantage of the opportunity to trade with Iran, ignoring their massive human rights violations, while making plenty of euros for themselves.”
“Iranian people have to fight back,” began Iranian American AMCD co-chair Hossein Khorram. “A campaign to boycott German cars and other products made by companies doing business with the regime might have a cascade effect and be the Achilles heel that finally brings down this corrupt, terrorist regime — #boycottvolkwagen! #boycottmercedes-benz! Many times, economic pressure becomes the key to political pressure.”
“This boycott could widen and lead to a suspension of all trade between Germany and Iran,” said a senior political source in Berlin. “When that happens, it is possible that the European signatory countries may withdraw from the JCPOA.”
Below is a list of companies doing business with Iran. The United States has approved a broad swathe of humanitarian exemptions which grant licenses enabling foreign firms to export medical and agricultural goods and services for the Iranian people.
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