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Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Situation of ethnic minorities in Iran (debate)

  Marek Józef Gróbarczyk, on behalf of the ECR Group. (PL) Mr President, violence and human rights violations have become the political raison d’être of the rulers of Iran. It is the country’s Christians, having suffered persecution for many years, who feel the full force of their hatred, and who on more than one occasion have died for their faith. It is not easy to be a Catholic in Iran, since the risk of death is ever present. The European Union has its roots in Christianity, and it therefore has an obligation to defend these people and should forcefully condemn the situation in Iran. The right to freedom of religion is one of the fundamental human rights. Events in Iran cannot be tolerated on any grounds, whether economic or political. I would therefore call on the Commission to take all possible measures to protect Christians in Iran.

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