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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
E-001943/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

The High Representative/Vice-President (HR/VP) is aware of the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and her case remains of utmost concern to the EU. The EU has raised Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case on a number of occasions with the Iranian authorities. It has also asked for her release on humanitarian grounds, and has repeatedly underlined the need to provide adequate medical care and contact hours with her daughter during her detention. The EU will continue to closely follow the case and use every opportunity to raise it bearing in mind that the primary responsibility for consular protection of EU citizens abroad lies with their Member State of origin.

Human rights remain a central feature of EU policy of re-engagement with Iran and this was duly reflected in the Joint Statement agreed between HR/VP Mogherini and the Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif during the high level visit in Tehran on 16 April 2016. In this context, the officials agreed to engage on Human Rights discussions and to exchange visits between the EU and Iran on human rights’ related issues. Two rounds of discussions on human rights have taken place in the context of the High Level Dialogue so far. This channel of communication will be used to address existing concerns and support an improvement of the overall situation on the ground in the future.

The HR/VP continues to closely monitor Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case.

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