Thursday, December 09, 2004

Iran concerned over human rights violations in EU -

Iran concerned over human rights violations in EU -: "Iran concerned over human rights violations in EU
12/5/2004 7:30:00 PM GMT

“We are seriously concerned about the human rights situation in Europe,” Asefi said.

Iran expressed its concern over the human rights violations in Europe and the wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands.

“We are seriously concerned about the human rights situation in Europe,” foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday.

“We expect the Europeans to take necessary measures so that we will not see violation of the rights of Muslims, minorities and foreigners any more,” he added.

Asefi’s statements came in response to fresh EU criticism of the human rights situation in the Islamic republic.

Last week, the Netherlands, as the current president of the EU, sent an official letter to Iran demanding the release of all those arrested in connection with Internet and media activities as well as the staff of non-governmental organizations.

The Iranian media said Saturday that four of the arrested journalists, three of them recently freed, have written letters of repentance, saying that they were “brainwashed” by foreigners and ”counter-revolutionaries”.

The letter also said that; “All 25 EU members will back a resolution against Iran as regard the violation of human rights and abuse of civil liberties in the country.”

The EU letter comes as Iran and Europe are expected to continue talks on nuclear, political and economic issues next week.

Asefi reacted to the allegations at The Hague in an apparent reference to the slain filmmaker, Theo van Gogh, widely known for attacking Islam.

“In the Netherlands we see somebody’s appalling act has provoked Muslims, and this has been followed by harsh measures being taken by anti-Islamic circles,” Asefi said."

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