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Supporting women human rights defenders in Iran: what role for the EU?
The human rights situation in Iran has further deteriorated over the past few years, especially with regards to the closing space for human rights defenders in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further exacerbated this trend, with human rights defenders being disproportionately excluded from prison decongestion schemes resulting in life-threatening risks to imprisoned defenders it. The European Parliament is a long-time champion for women human rights defenders in Iran, having awarded its Sakharov Prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh in 2012 and adopting several human rights urgency resolutions in the past years focusing on women human rights defenders specifically. Recent developments in both the US and the EU – and a recent addition to the EU’s policy toolbox, namely the human rights sanctions regime – are opportunities to rethink what actions can be taken to better support women human rights defenders in the country. A European Parliament sponsored event with a panel of Iranian women human rights defenders and experts on the EU-Iran relationship is timely to reflect on what actions should be taken to better support women human rights defenders in Iran, looking also at the role of the European Parliament in view of a European Parliament report on Iran expected to be adopted later in the year.

- Ernest Urtasun, MEP Greens/EFA
- Cornelia Ernst, MEP GUE/NGL
- Florin Nita, Deputy Head of the Iran Task force in the EEAS
- Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Federal Gov. Commissioner for Humans Rights Policy & Humanitarian Assistance
- Farzaneh Jalali, Iranian Women's & Minorty Rights Defender
- Narges Mohammadi, Spokesperson for the Iranian Defenders of Humans Rights Center
- Tara Sepheri Far, Researcher at Humans Rights Watch
- Moderation: Olive Moore, Deputy Director at Front Line Defenders

Mar 4, 2021 04:00 PM in Madrid

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