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Friday, 18 October, 2019

European Parliament adopted a resolution taking stock of the Human Rights situation in Iran

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The European Parliament calls on the Iranian authorities to unconditionally release all arbitrarily jailed women’s rights defenders protesting against the hijab being compulsory, as well as all other human rights defenders, imprisoned and sentenced for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

It praises and supports the Iranian women human rights defenders who continue to stand up for their causes, despite the difficulties and personal repercussions they are facing.

MEPs also demand that all EU-Iranian dual nationals, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (British), Ahmadreza Djalali (Swedish) and Kamran Ghaderi (Austrian), currently detained in Iranian prisons be immediately released, unless they are retried according to international standards.

The resolution urges the Iranian authorities to cooperate without further ado with EU member states’ embassies in Tehran in order to establish a comprehensive list of EU-Iranian dual nationals currently detained in the country, and to closely monitor each individual case.

The resolution was adopted by 608 votes in favour, 7 against and 46 abstentions. Full text will be available here.

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