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Thursday, 19 September 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Iran, notably the situation of women's rights defenders and imprisoned EU dual nationals

  Samira Rafaela (Renew). – Mr President, three Iranian women’s rights activists disappeared and were sentenced to 16 and 22 years in prison. And their crime you ask? Taking the liberty to decide for themselves what to wear. In reality, this is about a regime of men scared of women claiming their rights and demanding equality. This latest incident is not an isolated one. The Iranian regime has a long history of human rights abuses. There have been thousands of sham court cases, many of which even led to the death penalty.

Madam Commissioner, I urge you and the High Representative to do everything in your power to have these courageous women’s rights defenders released immediately. No government should arrest and imprison women for what they wear, not in Iran and not in Europe. We don’t need men in power to tell us what to wear.

Last updated: 30 September 2019Legal notice