8. The Council notes the Iranian President's pledge to improve human rights in the country. However it remains concerned with the human rights situation, in particular the frequent use of death penalty including against juvenile and drug offenders. The EU opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. The Council underlines the need to ensure equal rights of women, and persons belonging to all minorities, including ethnic and religious minorities, respecting freedom of expression, assembly and association and implementing the treaties to which Iran is a party as well as acceding to those conventions to which it is not yet a state party.
Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Tehran University chancellor after the 1979 revolution, calls for international trial of Iranian regime. Mr Maleki emphasized on the demands for justice for the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. The following is excerpts of his speech:
“We are in special days; the days that for many years we were waiting for. And the poem that I wrote in my latest letter: Did you see that the unjustly spilled blood of butterfly did not give the candle the respite to live thru the night until dawn. “Those of us who experienced prisons in the 1980s know this hugely insane person, Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, very well. In 2009 he denied everything and said it (the massacre) never happened at all. And now he says ‘We did well, we did our religious duty (Sharia), we will do it again and we are proud of it.’
Statements by the Spokesperson Statement by the spokesperson on the confirmation of the prison sentence of Narges Mohammadi in Iran. The recent Court verdict confirming the prison sentence of Narges Mohammadi sends a worrying signal about the human rights situation in the country. Freedom of expression and peaceful advocacy of human rights should be protected and not penalised. The EU reiterates its call on the Iranian authorities to respect its international human rights obligations.
Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the clerical regime, in a ridiculous fatwa banned "biking of women in public and in the eyes of outsiders". He said: “Biking often attracts men and risks intrigue and corruption of society and is contrary to chastity of women and should be avoided" (State media - September 10) A week before this fatwa, Khamenei defined "the role and mission of " women "as mother and housewife" when madating "the direction of the regime" and general policies on "family". (Khamenei site –September 3) This ridiculous fatwa and statement that reveals the backward and reactionary nature of fundamentalists ruling Iran, raises nothing but ridicule and mockery of the Iranian people, especially women.
Europarlementariërs roepen de EU op, de voorwaarde van een stopzetting van terechtstellingen te verbinden aan de betrekkingen met Iran
Meer dan 270 parlementariërs hebben een gezamenlijke verklaring ondertekend waarin zij er bij de EU op aandrongen verdergaande betrekkingen met Iran afhankelijk te maken van “een duidelijke verbetering van de mensenrechtensituatie”.
De parlementariërs, die uit alle 28 EU-lidstaten komen en tot alle politieke groeperingen in dat parlement behoren, zijn bezorgd over het stijgende aantal terechtstellingen in Iran sinds het aantreden van de ‘gematigde’ president Rouhani drie jaar geleden.
Volgens Amnesty International werden in 2015 bijna 1.000 mensen in Iran opgehangen, en noemde dit feit “een verschrikkelijk beeld van de welbewuste dodelijke staatsmachinerie”.