France summons Iranian human rights envoy: sources

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PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign ministry summoned Iran’s envoy this week over the country’s human rights record, three sources with knowledge of the matter said, expressing concern over the country’s human rights record. to what Paris calls “serious and constant violations”.

FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives at Residence Palace in Brussels, Belgium, September 21, 2020. Stephanie Lecocq / Pool via REUTERS

France rarely comments publicly on human rights in Iran, but on September 22, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said more needed to be done on what he said aggravates human rights violations. rights in Iran following anti-government protests in November 2019.

When asked whether France, together with Britain and Germany had acted collectively to warn Iran about the treatment of political prisoners and binationals held in the country, an official at the Foreign Office said dodged the question.

“The French authorities regularly express their concerns about the serious and constant violations of human rights in Iran,” said spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll.

“These concerns are shared by many partners, including Germany and the United Kingdom.”

A source said the three European powers had acted jointly and warned Iran that its actions were damaging relations. Two sources said the envoy was summoned Thursday.

The British Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that the respective ambassadors of the three countries were summoned specifically for Tehran’s treatment of political prisoners and the detention of binationals.

Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah is serving a six-year sentence for security reasons. Le Drian said she was being held for political reasons and the charges were unfounded.

The move by the Three Europeans, known as E3, comes as they work to keep a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran alive, while confronting US efforts to pressure Tehran and kill the ‘agreement.

Washington on Thursday blacklisted several Iranian officials and entities for alleged serious human rights violations. The European Union has not imposed sanctions for rights violations in Iran since 2013.

Without naming E3, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh responded to the Guardian’s article in a statement saying some European powers were interfering in the country’s internal affairs.

“Iran believes that the politically motivated behavior and selective actions of the United States and certain European governments have always dealt the hardest blow to the principle of human rights,” he said.

Reporting by John Irish, editing by William Maclean

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