WEDNESDAY, 30 NOV 2022

 

CONNECT

Facebook Linked In Twitter
IMH LTD

Kokkinos: Cyprus Ranks 10th In The EU As An Innovative Economy

European Commission Agreement To Mobilise €500 Mln For Social Investments

IMH LTD

INTERNATIONAL

brought to you by CIPA

European Parliament Calls For EU Sanctions On Iran Over Repression Of Street Protests

European Parliament Calls For EU Sanctions On Iran Over Repression Of Street Protests

Members of the European Parliament have called for EU sanctions against Iranian security forces over their "widespread, intentional and disproportionate" use of force against demonstrators. "The response of the Iranian security and police forces to the protests has been violent, indiscriminate and unrestrained, and has resulted in substantial loss of life as well as a large number of injuries," MEPs said in a non-binding resolution approved on Thursday afternoon.

Separately, Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, said the bloc was considering slapping restrictive measures on Iran, but without giving further details. After holding a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the diplomat said the EU was contemplating "all options." Borrell intends to discuss the issue during the next meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers, scheduled to take place on 17 October. Sanctions require the unanimity of the 27 member states. "People in Iran, as anywhere else, have the right to peaceful protest. It's as simple as that," Borrell said earlier this week. "And it's clear that this right has not been ensured."

Iran has been swept by street protests since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was killed under suspicious circumstances after being arrested by the country's morality police, which is tasked with enforcing a strict interpretation of sharia law. Police claimed Amini was in breach of the state-imposed dress code because her hijab was too loose and exposed too much hair. She fell into a coma and died three days later in what witnesses have described as an act of police brutality. Her death has sparked street protests around the country, with women taking off her headscarves and cutting their hair in open defiance of the country's moral rules.

Much of the popular discontent has been directed against Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the country's highest political and religious authority. Khamenei has condemned the "rioting" as a foreign plot instigated by the US and Israel, without providing any evidence. National security forces have launched a crackdown on protestors in a bid to quash the nationwide uprising, going as far as shutting down the Internet. Iran Human Rights, a Norway-based organisation, estimated that at least 154 people, including children, have been killed in the repression.

On Thursday, MEPs expressed their solidarity with protesters, particularly young women, and asked for an "impartial and effective" investigation into Amini's death and the allegations of torture that surround her passing. Lawmakers also called on Iranian authorities to release all those who have been arrested "for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly," including journalists. The EU should impose sanctions on the authorities involved in Amini's death and the crackdown of street protests, MEPs said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is already under a heavy regime of Western sanctions, which are at the centre of negotiations to revive the nuclear deal. Beyond the events of recent weeks, MEPs issued a wider denunciation of Iran's political system, touching upon the "systematic discrimination" against women and minority groups, the "degrading" law that makes veiling compulsory, the "severe" restrictions on women's sexual health, the "steady" deterioration of human rights and the increasing use of the death penalty inside the country. The resolution was approved by a show of hands. The vote was preceded by a debate on Tuesday, during which Swedish MEP Abir Al-Sahlani cut her hair in a show of solidarity with Iranian women.

Source: Euronews

MORE ON INTERNATIONAL

EU Antitrust Regulators Ramp Up Microsoft Scrutiny, Probe Likely

Microsoft (MSFT.O) is likely to face an EU antitrust investigation as regulators ...

Global Regulators To Target Crypto Platforms After FTX Crash

The crash of FTX exchange has injected greater urgency into regulating the crypto sector ...

Bitcoin Plunges To A 2-Year Low As FTX Collapse Contaminates Industry

Cryptocurrencies are continuing to feel the shockwaves of the crumbling FTX ...

FROM AROUND GOLDNEWS

   

Grand Opening Of Simplex LCA1, Cyprus’ Largest Data Center

Data centers are the foundations of the digital economy and as evidently demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, critical infrastructure for the global ...
   

Defence Minister Discusses Bilateral Relations, E. Med And Turkish Provocations During Official Serbia Visit

Cyprus’ Defence Minister, Charalambos Petrides was on an official visit to Serbia on Tuesday during which he discussed with his Serbian counterpart, ...
   

AWS Helps Ukraine Safeguard Its Future

On Tuesday, November 29, at the AWS re:Invest 2022 in Las Vegas, the Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transformation Mykahilo Federov and ...
   

AWS re:Invent 2022 Opens Its Doors

On Monday, November 29, the AWS re:Invent 2022 opened its doors to the global cloud community to celebrate its successes over the year, showcase the power of ...
   

Cyprus Is Dealing With The Economic Crisis With Specific Investment Policies And Programmes, Finance Minister Says

Cyprus is dealing with the economic crisis with specific investment policies and programmes, bringing growth to 6%, and increasing the fiscal reserve to ...
   

Alphamega Hypermarkets Holds Big Christmas Tree Lightning Celebration

Alphamega Hypermarkets has officially started counting down to the most wonderful time of the year. Five Alphamega stores held simultaneous Christmas tree ...
   

3rd Annual Corporate Blood Donation Limassol Success

On the 2nd and 3rd of November 2022 with the initiative of the company Royal Pine, the 3rd Annual Corporate Blood Donation Limassol took place.
   

Kokkinos: Cyprus Ranks 10th In The EU As An Innovative Economy

Cyprus, as an innovative economy, based on European indicators, currently ranks 10th, compared with 22nd until five years ago, when it did not have the ...
 

YOUR COMMENTS

HEADLINES

MOST POPULAR

techisland_presidential debate_29/11-12/12
cyta roadshow_29/11-5/12

IMH LTD