Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, October 26, 2007

EU expresses concern over freedom of expression in Iran

The European Union issued a press release Wednesday expressing concern over the repression of freedom of expression in Iran, Scoop Independent News reported.

“The EU condemns the closure of newspapers, magazines and of the Iranian Labour News Agency, as well as the arrest and persecution of journalists, web bloggers, and Human Rights Defenders for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and recalls UNGA Resolution 59/I,” the release says.

The statement calls for Iran to release Emmadin Baghi, a journalist and human rights defender, who was arrested and given successive prison sentences. It also addresses the imprisonment of three university students charged with a crime that, according to Ayatollah Sharoudi, they did not commit. Concern is expressed for others who have been punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

The EU urges Iran to comply with international human rights conventions and covenants that it has ratified.

For the full press release, click here.

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