Julie has spoken out once again on the human rights in Iran, and called for the EU to take urgent action to secure the release of all EU-Iranian prisoners held in Iran.
"Mr President, human rights in Iran continue to deteriorate with developments that are deeply worrying. On Monday, the Supreme Court reconfirmed the prison sentence of British Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. One year on from her arrest, the charges against her are still unknown and her husband and young daughter remain separated. Monday also marked the first anniversary of Swedish-Iranian Doctor Djalali’s imprisonment in Iran, where he faces the death sentence. Other EU-Iranian prisoners suffer in Iranian prisons in violation of their human rights, some of them away from the public eye. All of them must be released without exception.
Last week the Iranian government reportedly executed seven prisoners, some of whom were minors when they were convicted, and an eighth man, Peyman Barandah, is due to be executed on 10 May. The EU External Action Service and national foreign ministries must do more to make sure that all EU-Iranian prisoners held in violation of their human rights come back home and that Iran immediately halts all executions."