Response of the President of the European Parliament to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association on the murder of Jina Amini


The President of the European Parliament, Ms Roberta Metsola, thanks your organisation for its declaration concerning the human rights abuses currently taking place in Iran (A (2022) 6163).

In its plenary sitting of 6 October 2022, the European Parliament adopted, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution condemning in the strongest terms the killing of Mahsa Amini and the repression of women’s rights protesters by the Iranian authorities. You can find the aforementioned resolution in attachment below, and a recording of the debate on the following link. Ms Metsola opened the plenary session by expressing strong concern about the situation in Iran and voicing support for Iranian women’s rights protestors (link here).

In its resolution, the Parliament urged the EU and its Member States to demand that Iranian authorities put an end to their excessive use of force against protesters, and called on the Foreign Affairs Council to add responsible Iranian officials to the EU’s list of individuals against whom restrictive measures in relation to serious human rights violations in Iran have been imposed.

Furthermore, during its meeting of 10 October, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) paid particular attention to the situation in Iran, engaging in an exchange of views on the ongoing protests and government crackdown (recording available here).

As the above activities suggest, the European Parliament has therefore been paying close attention to developments in Iran and has positioned itself in support of human rights defenders and women’s rights protestors in the country.