On 19/09/2019, in a resolution on Iran, the European Parliament strongly condemned the Iranian regime’s human rights records and especially suppression and discrimination of women. 600 members of the European Parliament cast their votes in favour of this resolution while only seven were against it. The resolution calls on the Iranian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all human rights and women activist, especially Mojgan Keshavarz, Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, Saba Kord-Afshari and Atena Daemi; it calls also for the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, Narges Mohammadi, Sepideh Gholian, Sanaz Allahyari, Asal Mohammadi, Marzieh Amiri and Atefeh Rangriz, and of all the human rights defenders imprisoned and sentenced for simply exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. It also urges Iran to adhere to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
The European Parliament Stress that the Iranian authorities must in all circumstances ensure that human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists are able to carry out their work free from threats, intimidation and impediment, and demand that the Iranian judiciary ceases the permanent harassment. Furthermore, they urge the Iranian judiciary to cease online censorship and to respect the universal human rights of all people, in particular, their rights to free expression online and offline.
The resolution also demands the immediate and unconditional release of all EU-Iranian dual nationals, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Ahmadreza Djalali, Kamal Ahmady, Kamran Ghaderi, Massud Mossaheb and Morad Tahbaz, who are currently detained in Iranian prisons; it denounces the continuing practice of imprisonment of EU-Iranian dual nationals by the Iranian judiciary following unfair trials.
Members of the European Parliament also strongly condemn the use of the death penalty, including its use against juvenile offenders and call on the Iranian authorities to introduce an immediate moratorium as a fundamental step towards its abolition. They Condemn the continuous practice of intentionally denying medical care to prisoners, deplore the systematic torture in Iranian prisons and call for the immediate cessation of all forms of torture and ill-treatment of all detainees.