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Parliamentary questions
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5 February 2020
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Milan Zver
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Josep Borrell’s trip to Tehran – legitimising the Iranian regime’s crimes against humanity

Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, travelled to Tehran on 3 February 2020, shortly after a period of bloody repression by the Iranian regime in response to a nationwide uprising. At the hands of the regime, 1 500 protesters have been murdered, 12 000 innocent and defenceless people have been detained nationwide, and there has been a crackdown on student and popular protests.

Instead of sending a clear message of support for the Iranian opposition, the EU’s High Representative is shaking hands with the authoritarian regime in Tehran, whose actions fly in the face of the EU’s values of peace and human rights.

Economic interests can not justify overlooking 40 years of crimes against humanity.

I therefore wish to ask the VP/HR:

What was the intention behind his meeting with the Iranian regime?

Will he demand an international inquiry into the slaughter of protesters in November 2019 and the crackdown on protests in January 2020?

Did he mention the regime’s breaches of human rights during his meeting with its representatives?

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