Liberals reject unbalanced report on Iran
Today the Foreign Affairs Committee voted on a report dealing with EU-Iran relations after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal. ALDE-MEP Schaake: "While we welcome the agreement with Iran as a success of EU and multilateral diplomacy, this report lacks balance and fails to address key issues for our political group. We sought unequivocal condemnation of human rights violations, as well as a strong condemnation of the support the Iranian regime provides to the murderous Syrian government and terrorist groups. It is incomprehensible that the wording on such blatant violations of international law remains so vague. It seems a gold rush is blinding MEPs, even though high levels of corruption, and state interference in the economy also impact their ability to do business in a predictable and transparent way."
"Iran ranks lowest on all lists related to human rights violations. The number of executions has gone up, torture in prisons is systematic, media and speech freedom do not exist and women and religious minorities lack protection of their rights both in law and in practice. The EU must be clear about the path forward in developing a relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran. There must be clear conditionality with benchmarks that need to be met before cooperation can evolve."