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Iran hits out at EU parliament over rights resolution

Iran has criticised a European Parliament human rights resolution, saying the body lacks the "legitimacy" to advise countries on such matters, media reported on Monday. The resolution passed on Thursday condemned Iran over "continued, systematic violation of fundamental rights," and said its 2013 presidential election was not "held in accordance with the democratic standards". It also said "any future parliament delegations to Iran should be committed to meeting members of the political opposition and civil society activists, and to having access to political prisoners."

Iranian rights lawyer summoned by Intelligence Ministry: husband

DUBAI (Reuters) - Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been summoned by Iran's Intelligence Ministry for questioning, her husband's Facebook page said, days after a video of her voicing support for what she called prisoners of conscience was posted online. Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband, said his wife had ignored the summons, made in a telephone call on Sunday, because she considered it "illegal".

UN chief critises Iran for executions, rights breaches

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon harshly criticised Iran Wednesday for doing too little to improve its human rights situation, noting more executions, the detention of regime opponents and discrimination against women. The United Nations' concerns about rights violations in the Islamic republic include "amputations, flogging, increased application of the death penalty, arbitrary detention and unfair trials," Ban said in a new report.

Iran slams Euro MEPs for meeting dissidents

Iran has criticised European parliamentarians for meeting leading dissidents during a visit this month to the Islamic republic, media reports said on Sunday. During a six-day visit that ended on Tuesday, the eight-member European Parliament delegation met rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film-maker Jafar Panahi, who both won the Sakharov prize for human rights in 2012. "The Greek charge d'affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry on Saturday to be informed of Iran's displeasure" at the meetings, the ISNA news agency reported.

European Parliament delegation arrives in Tehran

A European Parliament delegation arrived in Iran on Friday for talks with senior Iranian officials, state news agency IRNA reported, and met with a prominent human rights lawyer. The team of eight European lawmakers will also meet parliament speaker Ali Larijani and the head of the national security and foreign policy committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi during their six-day visit, IRNA said. The delegation has been tasked with rebuilding links with politicians and broaching human rights issues, a member of the group told AFP before the visit.

Iran blasts 'unfair' UN report on human rights record

Iran on Thursday angrily rejected as "unfair" and politically-motivated a UN report which said the Islamic republic's human rights record showed no sign of improvement. The report "describes the human rights situation in Iran in a completely unfair light and with political motivations," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement carried by the state broadcaster. Iran will not allow "such prejudiced reports to become the judging standard of its human rights situation," she said.

Iran suggests will spare man who cheated the gallows

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's justice minister said a move to execute a convicted Iranian drug offender who has already survived a hanging is ill-advised, suggesting he would not face capital punishment again. The statement by Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who does not run Iran's judiciary, followed international calls for Iran to spare the man, a 37-year-old named only as Alireza M.

Iran says 80 prisoners freed ahead of Rouhani's U.N. visit

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have pardoned 80 prisoners ahead of President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the United Nations in New York this week, Iranian media reported on Monday. In a tentative sign that hardline policies are starting to soften following moderate conservative Rouhani's inauguration last month, authorities freed prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least 10 other prisoners last week.

U.N. chief Ban praises Iran's efforts on international dialogue

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday commended efforts by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's government to engage with the international community and praised Tehran for releasing several prominent prisoners. Ban met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif earlier on Thursday and said he plans to meet with Rouhani on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week. Rouhani is due to address the United Nations on Tuesday.

Freed Iranian lawyer Sotoudeh expects government to release others

By Yeganeh Torbati DUBAI (Reuters) - Newly-released Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said on Thursday she expected President Hassan Rouhani's government to free hundreds of other people jailed for their political beliefs to show it is serious about reform. In a tentative sign that hardline policies are being eased in the Islamic Republic following Rouhani's inauguration last month, authorities freed Sotoudeh and at least 10 other prominent prisoners on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to reports on opposition websites.
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