"For Iranian business women to be honoured in Germany - while their sisters in Iran are humiliated, silenced, repressed and stoned - is a slap at human rights", exclaimed Dr.Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations. 

He continued, "now Iranian women are to be used as a pretext even on German soil". "Any German political representative attending this Fair, will be violating the sanctions regimes against Iran established by Germany, the European Union, the United States and the United Nations", added Samuels.

The Centre urged "both governing and opposition parties to call on their officials to condemn and boycott this travesty"

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

For further information, please contact Dr Shimon Samuels at +33.609.7701.58