Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged the European Union to take further action against the Persian regime. “We demand an immediate end to the violence and the release of political prisoners and journalists,” he said
Olaf Scholz (REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday called for new sanctions on a scale of the European Union (EU) against Iran in response to both the repression of peaceful protests and the supply of drones to Russia to attack civilian targets in Ukraine.
“We see it on the streets, in classrooms and in courts in Tehran and other Iranian cities. We see the struggle for freedom and justice,” said Scholz, in his weekly message to his fellow citizens, in relation to the brutal repression of the regime against these protest movements as a result of the death after being detained by the police of the young woman Masha Amini for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly.
“We also see the Iranian dronesattacking Ukrainian cities. It is absolutely unacceptable. We demand an immediate end to the violence and the release of political prisoners and journalists”, continues the foreign minister.
Given this situation, the EU must “increase pressure on the Revolutionary Guard and the Iranian political leadership, which according to Scholz implies the adoption of new sanctions against Tehran.
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The German chancellor alludes there to the next meeting, at the level of the foreign ministers of the community block and also urges that the issue be addressed in an extraordinary session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Protests in Iran over the death of the young Masha Amini for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly (REUTERS/File)
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, already yesterday issued a warning to Iranand recalled that respect for Human Rights is not a “national issue” and rejected the accusations of interference in internal affairs launched by Tehran.
“Respect for Human Rights is part of universal fundamentals and concern the entire international community,” Baerbock said, after Tehran criticized German support for a new sanctions package and threatened Berlin with “consequences.”
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Baerbock had advanced a few days ago, through his twitter account, that the EU ministers are working “ intensively” on these new sanctions against Iran.
According to the weekly Der Spiegel, Germany and other EU partners are proposing an extension of sanctions against 31 senior officials, officials and responsible institutions of the Iranian security apparatus.
They will follow those issued in October by the EU against almost a hundred people and various Iranian organizations, which are held responsible for human rights violations in that country.
More than 3,600 killed
At least 326 protesters died in the repression of the protest movement  ;which has been shaking the country since September, Iran Human Rights, an NGO based in Oslo, said on Saturday.
“Among the victims are 43 children killed by security forces during demonstrations across the country,” says IHR in a statement on its website, specifying that there could be many more.
IHR Director Mahmod Amiry Moghadam called on the international community to act to end the repression in Iran.
(With information from EFE)
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