The French Foreign Ministry urged all its citizens to leave Iran “as soon as possible” Given the risk that they may be objects of “arbitrary arrests, detentions and unfair trials” amid protests over the death of young Mahsa Amini in police custody for not wearing the veil as required.
“All French visitors, including those with dual nationality, are exposed to a high risk of arrest” which also applies even for those who are on tourism.
In its alert, the Ministry warns that, in case of arrest or detention, “Respect for fundamental rights and personal security is not guaranteed”.
It should be remembered that France has recently asked the Iranian authorities to release two French citizens, Cécile Kohler and Jacques Parisaccused by the theocratic regime of belonging to the French intelligence services.
Kohler, 37, was a member of the French National Federation for Education, Culture and Vocational Training (FNEC-FP FO) and her husband, 69, was previously Secretary General of the Division of Colleges and High Schools (SNFOLC). . Her arrest was announced in May as they were about to return to France after what they described as a tourist visit.
The French government confirmed the arrests and he categorically denied that they were spies.
With this latest travel advisory, France thus joins Netherlands and Spainwhich last Friday issued similar alerts.
Iranian forensic experts have assured that Amini, in police custody after being arrested by agents of the so-called Moral Police, died of a heart problem and not of any blow.
The death of the young woman has caused a wave of indignation both in a part of Iranian society, and more unanimously at the international level.
They have registered numerous demonstrations in various cities in Iran, including Tehran, in which numerous women have thrown off their veils and cut their hair in protest. For their part, the authorities have virulently repressed these gatherings, leaving at least 154 deadaccording to the latest count by the non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights (IHR).
Six countries of the European Union propose to sanction Iran for the death of Mahsa Amini and the repression of protests
Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and the Czech Republic have taken steps at European level and propose to community partners impose sanctions against theocratic Iranian regime for the death in custody of Mahsa Amini and for the violent repression of demonstrations in Iran.
“There must be consequences for those responsible for the death of Mahsa Amini and the violent repression of protests in Iran,” sources from the German Foreign Ministry have told Europe Presswhich explain that the six Member States have put on the table 16 “specific proposals” of people and entities that should be subject to sanctions.
Without wanting to go into details about the measures, diplomatic sources have confirmed that the Czech Republic, which holds the six-month presidency of the EU, supports the initiative and that The process is under way”.
In this sense, the European partners point to the meeting of foreign ministers of the EU at the end of the month as the moment to formally adopt the restrictions. “We are working at full speed to implement these proposals,” added the sources.
For its part, the EU External Action Service, which usually leads the processes to apply sanctions in cooperation with member states, has not ruled out punitive measures at European level against Tehranalthough he has subordinated any decision on this matter to the meeting of foreign ministers of the bloc.
(With information from Europe Press)
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