The European Commission reaffirms that it expects the fundamental rights of peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression to be guaranteed.
This comes after Jude Kirton-Darling MEP and four other Labour MEPs wrote a letter of concern to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, asking the Commission to call for the immediate release of all the detainees and express solidarity with the Iranian People who want a democratic change.
Last December, protests broke out in more than 100 cities against the ruling system of the country. The Iranian Government instructed the Revolutionary Guards to hit hard against protesters and punish them. As a consequence, dozens have been shot dead in the streets and around 8000 were arrested during two weeks of protests all over Iran. In addition, the Regime disconnected and censored internet and social media to prevent the spread of the uprising.
You can take a look at a copy of the letter below:
Thank you for your letter of 25 January 2018 on the situation in Iran following the recent protests and in particular the situation of those remaining under arrest.
As expressed in the Declaration of 2 January 2018, the EU expects the fundamental rights of peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression to be guaranteed. The EU also expressed strong concern about the violence and the unacceptable loss of human lives that occurred during the protests. Reportedly 20 people were killed during the protests including several security officers.
The EU made it clear that it expects the rights of those arrested in the context of the protests to be respected in accordance with international standards. Iran should investigate the human rights violations and hold the perpetrators responsible. This is also what I said in my speech delivered in the European Parliament on 16 January 2018.
The EU regularly discusses human rights with the Iranian authorities and human rights form part and parcel of the High Level Dialogue. The EU will continue to closely monitor the human rights’ situation in Iran following the protests.