Labour MEPs call for clearer action against Iran following Human Rights violations

05 February 2018

Labour MEPs have written to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, calling for the European Commission to more clearly condemn the Iranian government for numerous Human Rights violations in the country. Take a look at a copy of the letter below:

Dear Ms Mogherini,

We share with other colleagues significant concerns about the current Human Rights violations in Iran.

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.

The EU has said that it continues to follow developments in Iran closely but this is clearly not enough. I reject the use of arbitrary detention to undermine political freedom and the EU should condemn the Iranian regime. The EU should call for the immediate release of all the detainees and express solidarity with the Iranian people who want a democratic change.

Iran is of pivotal cultural, political and strategic importance to the world, especially in light of the recent Nuclear Deal. We believe it is vital that the EU and Iran work together to ensure that Iran has a secure foundation of democracy, freedom of speech and human rights into the future. We would, therefore, like to ask the following questions:

  • Would the EU condemn the Iranian Regime for the arrest of unarmed and defenceless protesters?
  • Which steps have you taken to ensure that Iran releases all the detainees, as they were arrested arbitrarily?
  • What is the EU action plan to condemn the Iranian regime blocking of access to the internet and social media?

Yours sincerely,

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP

Seb Dance MEP

Theresa Griffin MEP

John Howarth MEP

Julie Ward MEP

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