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Iranian Nobel Laureate Urges European Union to Condemn Post-Election Violence

Iranian Nobel laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi met with European Union Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering on Wednesday and urged him to respond to the post-election violence that continues in Iran. Ebadi, who earlier called for the Iranian government to hold new elections and pay reparations for protester casualties, is asking the EU and other international bodies to “express their protest” over police violence, according to Deutsche Welle report.

Pottering responded that the EU is prepared to take action. “I will recommend to the European parliament political groups to send a delegation of the European parliament as quickly as possible to Tehran,” he said. “I have never done this before but this…is so severe and important that I’m ready to go myself as president of the European parliament to show our solidarity with the people in Iran.” He added that he did not know whether the Iranian government would allow an EU delegation to enter the country.

The UN reported that on Wednesday, Ebadi also spoke by phone with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has expressed his concern with the post-election violence.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Ebadi condemned the shooting death of demonstrator Neda Agha Soltan at a protest. Ebadi declared, “I am personally prepared to legally represent her family against the people who ordered the shooting and those who fired at her. This act was against the law.

Sources:

Deutsche Welle 6/24/09; Feminist Daily Newswire 6/22/09; UN News Service 6/24/09; Al Jazeera 6/24/09

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