Thursday, January 26, 2012

EU Parliament 'concerned' about Rasouli and Dokouhaki

In a motion for a resolution on 'Iran and its nuclear program', the European Parliament has voiced concern over the fate of the two detained Iranian journalists, Marzieh Rasouli and Parastoo Dokouhaki.

The resolution, proposed on behalf of the Social-Democratic block in the EU Parliament, although primarily on the nuclear issue, touches on human rights violations in Iran and refers to specific cases where relevant.

Article 10 reads: "[The European Parliament] is concerned about the wave of detentions of Iranian journalists and bloggers , particularly the cases of Parastoo Dokouhaki and Marzieh Rasouli, who are being reportedly kept in solitary cells at Tehran’s Evin prison; regards these actions as a clear attempt of the Iranian government to cut off the free flow of information by whatever means necessary in the run-up to the March 2012 Parliamentary Elections."

Parastoo Dokouhaki was arrested at her home on 15 January and taken to Evin prison. The same happened to Marzieh Rasouli two days later. Both journalists are held in solitary cells in the so-called Ward AA, controlled by the Revolutionary Guards. Families are concerned as they haven't had access to the Judge in charge of the case; nor have they been allowed to see their loved ones.

The Islamic Republic Judiciary has remained silent on this issue to this date.

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