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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 Eva-Britt Svensson, Luisa Morgantini
on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
on the case of Shirin Ebadi in Iran

See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0036/2009

Procedură : 2009/2508(RSP)
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European Parliament resolution on the case of Shirin Ebadi in Iran

The European Parliament,

  • -having regard to its previous resolutions on PlaceTypePlaceTypeIran, notably those concerning human rights,
  • -having regard to the Declaration of 22 December 2008, by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the closure by Iranian police of the Human Rights Defenders Centre (HRDC) led by the lawyer and 2003 Nobel Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi,
  • -having regard to the statement of 3 January 2009 by the UN Secretary General on harassment and persecution against Mrs. Shirin Ebadi and her safety and security,
  • -having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas on 21 December 2008 Iranian officials prevented a planned celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and forced the closure of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), under the direction of Mrs. Shirin Ebadi;

B.  whereas on 29 December 2008 officials identifying themselves as tax inspectors arrived at Mrs. Ebadi's private law office in Tehran and removed documents and computers despite her protests that the material contained protected lawyer-client information,

C.  whereas there is increasing evidence that the Iranian authorities' persecution of Ebadi has intensified because of her contact with UN human rights officials and their use of information provided by her center in a UN report on the situation of human rights in Iran,

D.  whereas the government and the authorities of Iran have an affirmative obligation to protect human rights advocates; the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus in 1998, declares that states "shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of [human rights defenders] against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary actions" as a consequence of their legitimate effort to promote human rights,

1.  Condemns PlaceTypeIranPlaceType's closure of Nobel Prize Laureat Shirin Ebadi's office and point out that the raid by Iranian security forces in the TehranPlaceType 'Defenders of Human Rights Center' (DHRC) is a broader attempt to silence PlaceTypeIran's human rights community;

2.  Expresses its serious concern that the continuing persecution, threats and attacks against Mrs. Ebadi not only endanger her safety and security, but also put all Iranian civil society activists and human right defenders in peril;

3.  Considers the closing of the 'Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) as an attack on the entire international human rights community of which Ms Ebadi is an influential and leading member;

4.  Calls on the Iranian government to take all necessary steps to ensure Ebadi's safety and her ability to continue her human rights work;

5.  Calls on the Iranian authorities to uphold their international human rights commitments, and more specifically the right of peaceful assembly enshrined by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Iran signed and ratified by Iran; it also calls on Iran to authorise the re-opening of the Human Rights Defenders Centre and to grant it the legal status it has sought for many years.

6.  Reiterates its concern regarding the persecution and imprisonment of citizens in Iran who engage in the defence of human rights and who campaign against death penalty, frequently being charged with so-called activities against national security; also calls on Iran to end the harassment, intimidation, and persecution of political opponents and human right defenders, including by releasing persons imprisoned arbitrarily or on the basis of their political views and to end impunity for human rights violation;

7.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the PlaceTypePlaceTypeMemberPlaceType States, 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.