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Procedure : 2007/2646(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B6-0419/2007

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 25/10/2007 - 13.1
CRE 25/10/2007 - 13.1

Votes :

PV 25/10/2007 - 14.1
CRE 25/10/2007 - 14.1

Texts adopted :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0406/2007
23 October 2007
with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Michael Gahler, Charles Tannock, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Bernd Posselt, Eija-Riitta Korhola
on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
on Iran
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Iran 

The European Parliament,

-  having regard to its previous resolutions on Iran, notably those concerning human rights,

-  having regard to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Iran is a party,

-  having regard to the EU-Iran Human Rights Dialogue,

-  having regard to the statement of its President on the stoning to death of a man in Iran, the EU Presidency Statement and the statement of Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner on the stoning to death of Mr Jafar Kiani,

-  having regard to the Declarations by the Presidency on behalf of the EU concerning the death sentence on Sian Paymard, the death sentences on Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolwahed Boutimar, the imminent execution of Mr Behnam Zare, the death sentence on Mr Ali Mahin Torabi,

-  having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

   a.whereas the situation in Iran regarding the exercise of civil rights and political freedoms has further deteriorated, which adds to the other global concerns as regards Iran's violations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the non-adherence with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and its support to terrorist organisations in the Middle East,
   b.whereas the practice of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners, solitary confinement, clandestine detention, the application of cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment and the impunity for state agents continues to be wide-spread,
   c.whereas minorities continue to be discriminated against and harassed due to their religious or ethnic background such as the Kurds and the inhabitants of the area around Ahwaz city, the provincial capital of the ethnic Arab-dominated Khuzestan province, including the continued detention and the sentencing to death of some of them,
   d.whereas the Baha´is can not exercise their religion and are moreover consequently deprived of virtually all civil rights (eg. property rights, access to higher education),
   e.whereas the number of executions have increased, and there are cases of juvenile offenders who are also sentenced to death; whereas Iran accounts for the highest number of juvenile executions worldwide,
   F.whereas journalists are harassed and imprisoned, while at the same time media outlets are regularly closed by the authorities,
   G.whereas Iran has not agreed to a further round of the EU-Iran Human Rights Dialogue that was established in 2002 and where, after the 4th round held on 14-15 June 2004, Iran ceased participation, despite repeated efforts by the EU to offer dates for a fifth round,
   1)Expresses its serious concern about the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran;
   2)Strongly condemns the execution by stoning of Mr Jafar Kiani on 5th of July of 2007 in the village of Aghche Kand (Quazvin Province); urges the Iranian authorities to implement their declared moratorium on stoning; demands that the Islamic Penal Code of Iran be reformed in order to abolish stoning;
   3)Strongly condemns the death sentences and executions in Iran, in particular those on juvenile offenders and minors, and urges the Iranian authorities to respect internationally recognised legal safeguards with regard to minors such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
   4)Calls upon Iran to grant all persons the right to exercise their civil rights and political freedoms and hopes that the Iranian authorities will fulfil their commitments to promote universal values, to which Iran is obliged to uphold by international conventions that it has ratified; demands the immediate and strict implementation of the ban on torture as announced;
   5)Supports all moderate forces in Iran, including intellectuals and representatives of civil society, in particular organisations of women, workers, professors, teachers and students that strive for their civic rights and with this objective seek to engage a dialogue with the authorities and the international Human Rights NGOs;
   6)Supports exiled democratic opposition groups in their efforts to restore the application and the monitoring of Human Rights in Iran;
   7)Condemns the harassment of student activists by the Iranian authorities; supports the protests of students against the government pressure; demands the immediate release of all imprisoned students;
   8)Calls upon the authorities to respect internationally recognised legal safeguards with regard to persons belonging to religious minorities, officially recognised or otherwise; condemns the current disrespect of minority rights and demands for minorities to be able to practise all rights granted by the Iranian Constitution and international legislation; further calls upon the authorities to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on religious or ethnic grounds or against persons belonging to minorities, such as Kurds, Azeri, Arabs, Baluchi and Bahai; notably calls for the de-facto ban to practise the Baha´i faith to be lifted;
   9)Reminds the government of Iran of its obligations as a signatory of the International Covenants of Civil and Political, as well as Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the country's obligations to safeguard fundamental human rights, notably the freedom of opinion, and calls for the release of all imprisoned journalists and web bloggers and to cease censorship of internet sites;
   10)Expresses its concern about the continuous discrimination in law and in practice against women; condemns the use of violence against women in Iran which remains a serious problem;
   11)Demands the immediate and strict implementation of the ban on torture as announced by the Head of the Judiciary in April 2004;
   12)Calls upon the Iranian authorities to make efforts to ensure the full application of due process of law and fair, transparent procedures by an independent judiciary, to ensure the respect for the rights of the defence and the equivalence of sentences for comparable categories of crime, particularly between the sexes;
   13)Calls on Iran to recommence the EU-Iran Human Rights Dialogue with the European Union and, further, calls upon the Council and the Commission to closely monitor developments in Iran and also to raise concrete cases of human rights abuses as the basic condition for progress in EU - Iran economic and trade relations; calls on the Council and the Commission to report on the monitoring of the situation in Iran;
   14)Calls on the Commission, in close co-operation with the European Parliament, to make effective use of the new Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in order to ensure democracy and respect for human rights in Iran such as by support for uncensored media; calls on the Commission to report on the actions that have been taken in this respect;
   15)Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the High Representative for the CFSP, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Commission on Human Rights, the Head of the State Supreme Court of Iran and the Government and Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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