måndag 10 augusti 2009

Urgente debate on Iran

Det blir en debatt utifrån situationen i Iran. Svenska S-grupens iniativet, se brevet nedan, fick ett omfattande stöd från kolleger runt om i Europa. Så nu ser jag fram emot debatten i Europarådet, Strasbourg på torsdag fm. Debatten kan kanske även påverka den svenska regeringen som åter förhåller sig påfallande passiv i en viktig fråga.Mr. President, Request for an urgent debate on IranThe elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran can’t be considered as democratic according to the standards of the Council of Europe. The supreme leader of Iran, appointed by the council of guardians, is responsible for supervision of the general policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This means that every candidate has to be recognized by the supreme leader to be able to get elected. The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the countries with the worst conditions for the freedom of press and of expression. The country has on a number of occasions been criticized for the lack of respect for the human rights and the rule of law.Iran’s recent presidential election was held on June 12, the tenth presidential election to be held in the country. With two-thirds of the votes counted, the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran's official news agency, announced that incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the election with 66 percent of the votes cast, and that Mir-Hossein Mousavi had received 33 percent of the votes cast. The European Union and several western countries expressed concern over alleged irregularities during the vote, and analysts, journalists as well as international diplomats voiced doubts about the authenticity of the results. When the government does not act according to the country’s own constitution, how undemocratic it may be, the international community must be concerned.During the last week massive protests from the people have been raised. Millions of people have peacefully tried to express their anger over the situation. The government has brutally combated these protests with violence. Hundreds have been imprisoned without being told what the accusations are. According to unconfirmed news seven persons have been killed during the demonstrations.The Council of Europe, being the guardian of the human rights, democracy and the rule of law, should react wherever and whenever these principles are violated. Therefore it is important for the Parliamentary Assembly to debate the current situation in Iran in order to analyze the election and its consequences.I hereby propose that an urgent debate on the situation in Iran be held during the part session in June and hope that the Bureau supports this proposal.Sincerely yours,Maryam Yazdanfar, Björn von Sydow, Carina Hägg, Carina Ohlsson, Morgan Johansson, Michael Hagberg mfl
Upplagd av Carina Hägg