The European Parliament has today adopted a strategy for EU-Iran relations following the Iran nuclear deal, setting out how to continue implementation of the agreeent and dialogue-building. Julie worked to strengthen human rights language in the report, in order to give the EU External Action Service a mandate to work with the Iranian government to stop gross ongoing violations, and bring about concrete improvements.
During the Plenary debate, Julie said:
"Colleagues, tomorrow, 25 October, will be the second anniversary of the death of Reyhaneh Jabbari, executed for defending herself against sexual assault by an agent of the Iranian regime when she was 19 years old.
We mourn her still, and so in her name, I urge the EU External Action Service to set out a clear human rights framework as part of the EU’s engagement with the Iranian Government going forward from this report. There must be a human rights impact assessment, benchmarks and a framework for monitoring and evaluation.
This must cover ongoing human rights violations such as the use of torture, the imprisonment of political activists and human rights defenders, and the need to prohibit the execution of children and work towards the elimination of the death penalty. Real progress must be made on women’s rights and the criminalisation of gender-based violence, such as acid attacks on women.
The External Action Service must engage constructively with the Iranian authorities on human rights, put them at the core of the process and strive to achieve meaningful progress for people on the ground. Finally, I would like to call on the Iranian Government to free the Anglo-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been imprisoned and detained since April this year."