London/Rome/Berlin, Dec 28 – Britain and Italy have criticized the regime in Tehran in connection with protests in Iran. The British government has urged Iran to end the detention of dual nationals after the arrest of seven people with links to the UK and not to use the practice as “diplomatic leverage”. The unjust detention of British nationals or foreigners must end, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday. In addition, the Iranian authorities are invited to provide additional information on the information concerning these Anglo-Iranian dual nationals.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards arrested seven people on Sunday during anti-government protests as they attempted to leave the country. Some of them have dual nationality, according to a statement carried by state media.
Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani called on Iran to end the executions and persecution of protesters and start a dialogue with them. Death sentences for people who take part in protests or women who refuse to wear headscarves are a totally disproportionate and unacceptable form of punishment, Tajani said after the Iranian ambassador was summoned. “Removing a veil or participating in a demonstration is not a crime punishable by death anywhere in the world,” the minister said.
The Federal Foreign Office said Germany’s current goal is to support Iranians who take to the streets to live in freedom and dignity. This could happen, for example, through new rounds of sanctions, said a ministry spokesperson in Berlin. In this way, pressure can be increased on the regime in Tehran so that the oppression of the population is stopped.
Protests against the country’s rulers have been going on in Iran for months. The trigger was the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She died in controversial circumstances in September after being taken into police custody for wearing inappropriate clothing according to Iran’s strict Islamic dress code for women. The protests pose one of the biggest challenges to the Shia Muslim-ruled Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution.
Brits slam Iran for ‘unjust detention’ of dual nationals
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