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Debates
Monday, 16 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance
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  Milan Zver (PPE). – Mr President, one issue that has been raised with great concern by many MEPs in the European Parliament in the last weeks is the horrific human rights situation in Iran, following the nationwide protests which erupted on 15 November and spread to almost 200 cities. Our concern is how the killings and mass arrests have been minimised by the regime in Iran, while there have been at least 1 500 people killed and 12 000 arrested. The main Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has gathered the names of over 500 people killed, among them dozens of women, including four mothers and many minors such as Nikta Esfandani – look at this picture. She was 14.

I am calling on the European Union and the United Nations to despatch a fact-finding mission to Iran as soon as possible.

 
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