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Written declaration No. 436 | Doc. 12148 | 27 January 2010

Signatories:
Mr Nigel EVANS, United Kingdom ; Mr Francis AGIUS, Malta, EPP/CD ; Mr Humberto AGUILAR CORONADO, Mexico ; Mr Gerolf ANNEMANS, Belgium ; Mr Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE, Spain, EPP/CD ; Ms Sirpa ASKO-SELJAVAARA, Finland, EPP/CD ; Mr Alexander van der BELLEN, Austria ; Ms Delia BLANCO, Spain, SOC ; Mr Roland BLUM, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Patrick BREEN, Ireland, EPP/CD ; Mr André BUGNON, Switzerland, ALDE ; Mr Joan CARTES IVERN, Andorra, SOC ; Mr Lorenzo CESA, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Igor CHERNYSHENKO, Russian Federation, EDG ; Lord David CHIDGEY, United Kingdom ; Mr Vannino CHITI, Italy, SOC ; Mr Christopher CHOPE, United Kingdom, EDG ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Ms Ingrida CIRCENE, Latvia, EPP/CD ; Mr James CLAPPISON, United Kingdom ; Mr Telmo CORREIA, Portugal, EDG ; Mr Joseph COSTELLO, Ireland, SOC ; Ms Anna ČURDOVÁ, Czech Republic ; Ms Claire CURTIS-THOMAS, United Kingdom ; Mr Andrzej CWIERZ, Poland, EDG ; Mr Joseph DEBONO GRECH, Malta, SOC ; Ms Mesila DODA, Albania, EPP/CD ; Mr Tuur ELZINGA, Netherlands, UEL ; Mr Mátyás EÖRSI, Hungary, ALDE ; Ms Lydie ERR, Luxembourg, SOC ; Mr Frank FAHEY, Ireland, ALDE ; Mr Iván FARKAS, Slovak Republic ; Mr Bernard FOURNIER, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Hans FRANKEN, Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Mr György FRUNDA, Romania, EPP/CD ; Ms Alena GAJDŮŠKOVÁ, Czech Republic, SOC ; Baroness Anita GALE, United Kingdom ; Mr Marco GATTI, San Marino, EPP/CD ; Mr Aristophanes GEORGIOU, Cyprus, UEL ; Mr Valeriu GHILETCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Mr Paolo GIARETTA, Italy, ALDE ; Mr John GREENWAY, United Kingdom ; Mr Attila GRUBER, Hungary ; Mr Michael HAGBERG, Sweden ; Mr Mike HANCOCK, United Kingdom, ALDE ; Mr Jim HOOD, United Kingdom ; Ms Sinikka HURSKAINEN, Finland, SOC ; Mr Stanisław HUSKOWSKI, Poland, EPP/CD ; Mr Jean HUSS, Luxembourg, SOC ; Mr Mladen IVANIĆ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Ms Kateřina JACQUES, Czech Republic ; Ms Stella JANTUAN, Republic of Moldova, SOC ; Ms Francine JOHN-CALAME, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Birkir Jón JÓNSSON, Iceland, ALDE ; Mr Antti KAIKKONEN, Finland, ALDE ; Mr Reijo KALLIO, Finland, SOC ; Mr Michail KATRINIS, Greece, SOC ; Mr Peter KELLY, Ireland, ALDE ; Mr Albrecht KONEČNÝ, Austria, SOC ; Mr Bronisław KORFANTY, Poland, EDG ; Mr Tiny KOX, Netherlands, UEL ; Mr Franz Eduard KÜHNEL, Austria, EPP/CD ; Ms Athina KYRIAKIDOU, Cyprus, SOC ; Mr Bob LAXTON, United Kingdom ; Mr Pavel LEBEDA, Czech Republic, SOC ; Mr Terry LEYDEN, Ireland, ALDE ; Mr Aleksei LOTMAN, Estonia, UEL ; Mr Theo MAISSEN, Switzerland, EPP/CD ; Mr Humfrey MALINS, United Kingdom ; Ms Liliane MAURY PASQUIER, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Christine McCAFFERTY, United Kingdom ; Sir Alan MEALE, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Silver MEIKAR, Estonia, ALDE ; Mr Miloš MELČÁK, Czech Republic ; Mr Dragoljub MIĆUNOVIĆ, Serbia, SOC ; Mr Peter MITTERER, Austria ; Mr Patrick MORIAU, Belgium, SOC ; Ms Christine MUTTONEN, Austria, SOC ; Ms Oľga NACHTMANNOVÁ, Slovak Republic ; Mr Vitalie NAGACEVSCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Ms Miroslava NĚMCOVÁ, Czech Republic ; Mr Pasquale NESSA, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Fritz NEUGEBAUER, Austria, EPP/CD ; Ms Anna NTALARA, Greece ; Mr Mark OATEN, United Kingdom ; Mr Edward O'HARA, United Kingdom ; Mr Kent OLSSON, Sweden ; Mr Holger ORTEL, Germany, SOC ; Ms Steinunn Valdís ÓSKARSDÓTTIR, Iceland ; Mr Alexander POCHINOK, Russian Federation, EDG ; Mr Christos POURGOURIDES, Cyprus, EPP/CD ; Ms Carmen QUINTANILLA, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr François ROCHEBLOINE, France, EPP/CD ; Ms Maria de Belém ROSEIRA, Portugal, SOC ; Mr Amadeu ROSSELL TARRADELLAS, Andorra, ALDE ; Ms Jadwiga ROTNICKA, Poland, EPP/CD ; Mr Paul ROWEN, United Kingdom, ALDE ; Mr Fidias SARIKAS, Cyprus, SOC ; Mr Giuseppe SARO, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Kimmo SASI, Finland, EPP/CD ; Mr Scott SIMMS, Canada ; Mr Serhiy SOBOLEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Michaela ŠOJDROVÁ, Czech Republic ; Mr Yury SOLONIN, Russian Federation, EDG ; Mr Fiorenzo STOLFI, San Marino, SOC ; Ms Tineke STRIK, Netherlands, SOC ; Mr Michał STULIGROSZ, Poland, EPP/CD ; Ms Doris STUMP, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Valeriy SUDARENKOV, Russian Federation, SOC ; Mr Zoltán SZABÓ, Hungary ; Ms Elke TINDEMANS, Belgium ; Lord John E. TOMLINSON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Ms Arenca TRASHANI, Albania, EPP/CD ; Ms Tuulikki UKKOLA, Finland, EPP/CD ; Mr Øyvind VAKSDAL, Norway, EDG ; Mr Egidijus VAREIKIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD ; Ms Birutė VĖSAITĖ, Lithuania, SOC ; Mr Luigi VITALI, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Hansjörg WALTER, Switzerland, ALDE ; Mr Frans WEEKERS, Netherlands ; Mr Marek WIKIŃSKI, Poland, SOC ; Ms Renate WOHLWEND, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD ; Mr Michał WOJTCZAK, Poland, EPP/CD ; Mr Andrej ZERNOVSKI, ''The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', ALDE ; Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD
Thesaurus

Millions of Iranians are demanding freedom and democracy. Suppressive forces have killed, injured or arrested thousands and are prosecuting some as “Mohareb” (waging war on God). Officials reiterate that since the organised and legitimate opposition People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran still exists, any support for or relations with it is an act of “Moharebeh” and punishable by execution under Islamic penal law. In order to stop the uprising, the regime wants Iraqi forces to eliminate its 3 400 opponents in Camp Ashraf. The attack last July left 11 killed and 500 injured. None the less, the uprising continues with chants of “Down with Khamenei” and “Down with the principle of absolute clerical rule” the goal being to change the entire regime.

We support opposition leader Mrs Maryam Rajavi’s “third option” for democratic change by the people and resistance and urge the United Nations Security Council, the Council of Europe and the European Union to take urgent action for the release of political prisoners and prevent the suppression of the uprising. Continued relations with Iran must be based on complete improvement of human rights. The United Nations must protect Ashraf residents, and US forces must guarantee they would not face violence or forcible displacement in Iraq.

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