Iran: European Parliament condemns human rights violations in Iran, notably the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh

In its resolution adopted on 13 December 2018, the European Parliament (EP) calls on “ the Government of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release Nasrin Sotoudeh” and “urges the judiciary system of Iran to respect due process and fair trial and disclose information on the charges against Nasrin Sotoudeh”.

FIDH, through its Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, has issued a number of urgent appeals for the release of prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh and the ongoing wave of arrests, detentions, and acts of judicial harassment against human rights lawyers aimed at ending their legitimate human rights activities.

The resolution further echoes FIDH’s recommendations regarding the execution of persons for the commission of crimes when they were under 18 years of age, an issue highlighted by the EP which condemns « the use of the death penalty, including its use against juvenile offenders » and calls Iran “to introduce an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a step towards its abolition”. The EP also called on Iran to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including of opinion and expression, demanding « the release of all those arrested for the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of assembly, opinion and expression » as well as « trade unionists ».

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