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Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Situation of ethnic minorities in Iran (debate)

  Bogusław Sonik (PPE). - (PL) Mr President, for many years now we have observed repeated violations of fundamental rights in Iran, as well as discrimination against minorities on the basis of their religious beliefs, ethnic origin or other social and economic grounds. This means that the country is violating the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Bill of Rights. Arrests of demonstrators calling for respect for civil liberties are particularly concerning. Iran is also one of the world’s leading users of the death penalty. There is therefore a constant threat hanging over the lives of many people who have not committed any crime by international standards. The Sunni and Kurdish minorities face a difficult situation since they are accused of spying and harming the state. They suffer harassment and live in constant terror of arrest and execution. The international community should raise the alarm about Iran’s failure to respect these rights, and encourage the Iranian authorities to amend the constitution and the legal code to ensure that the rights of minorities are protected.

I am not sure whether it is a good idea for Parliament to have twice postponed its delegation’s visit to Iran; we should probably keep up contact.

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