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Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Situation of ethnic minorities in Iran (debate)

  Peter Skinner (S&D). - Mr President, Véronique de Keyser was right when she said that Iran is not a mono-cultural society although it is obviously an Islamic Republic. I can say though that, as all the other speakers have said, it is very dangerous to be a member of an ethnic minority or a religious minority in Iran. I can support this motion, therefore, which promotes the universality of human rights in Iran and across all the ethnic minorities and religious groups.

The number of groups, as speakers have said, are many – those that we know of that can be easily identified by size or religious identity. However, converts from certain religions to other religions also face, potentially, a very uncertain future and may be bigger than some of the ethnic minorities that we know about in Iran. So, like others in the room, I would like to see the broadest capture of ethnic minorities so that the communities like the Assyrian Christians and others can be added and included in our statement.

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