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Thursday, 22 November 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Human rights situation in Iran, particularly mass executions and the recent death of the blogger Sattar Beheshti

  Sari Essayah, author. (FI) Mr President, Commissioner, the current Iranian Government flagrantly violates human rights and tramples on the basic freedoms of its citizens.

This time, we are also paying particular attention to executions, and especially to 35-year-old blogger Sattar Beheshti, who died of torture at Evin prison last week. The reason for his detention was merely his political opinion and criticism of the Iranian Government on Facebook. The international community and human-rights organisations have taken notice of this manslaughter by the Iranian Government, and have also expressed concern for the safety of Mr Beheshti’s family.

Mr Beheshti’s death has drawn attention to the miserable human-rights situation in the country, but not everyone can see the bigger picture or how the Iranian Government is working behind the scenes to influence a weakening of the security situation in the entire Middle East. The current Iranian Government is the greatest threat to world peace. It is quite incomprehensible that the international community mainly sees from the sidelines how the Iranian Government has quietly been able to develop its military nuclear weapons programme and remain indifferent to the opinions of the International Atomic Energy Agency, among others. The current leadership of the country can make public threats to destroy Israel, another member of the UN, and supports the Hezbollah terrorist group, which operates in Lebanon and Syria, and during the most recent crisis in the Middle East it sent weapons to Hamas, among other things. At the same time, the current Iranian Government has put pressure on Iraq concerning their treatment of the Iranian opposition, who are currently in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty.

I do hope that both this EP resolution and particularly also the output from the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton, will have even sharper wording, and that we can continue to make real progress in these tough economic times, so that Iran and its current government starts to take responsibility for the poor treatment of its own citizens.

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