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Parliamentary questions
12 July 2018
E-002815/2018
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini

The wave of protests in December 2017 which were driven mostly by economic and social grievances, have sparked a debate in the country on several issues including on the compulsory Islamic dress code for women.

President Rouhani appealed for greater personal freedoms at the annual celebration of the Islamic Revolution on 11 February 2018 and spoke in favor of organising referendums on certain topics of debate in Iran.

In addition, the Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, has emphasised the need for a dialogue with the youth on the mandatory hijab and to use methods that are lawful instead of using police force.

The EU attaches high importance to human rights and fundamental freedoms in Iran. During the latest round of the High Level Dialogue with Iran, which took place in November 2017 in Tehran, the rights of women were one of the key topics discussed.

In this context, the EU has also met with the Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar and agreed to continue exchanges on the protection and empowerment of women and girls.

Last updated: 13 July 2018Legal notice