Paris denounces the recall of its ambassador in Iran

On Thursday, France expressed its dissatisfaction with the summoning of its ambassador in Tehran, Nicolas Roche, to the Iranian foreign ministry, and renewed its “strong condemnation of the continued repression and multiple attacks on fundamental freedoms in Iran”.

Paris stressed that “the protesters’ aspirations for greater freedom and respect for their rights are legitimate and must be heard”.

“The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs deplores the summoning by the Iranian authorities of the French ambassador to Tehran on November 30 in response to the adoption by the National Assembly on 28 November of a resolution in support of the freedom movement in Iran,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Iranian foreign ministry summoned the French ambassador, Nicolas Roche, on Wednesday, according to the official IRNA news agency.

During this meeting, Iran expressed “strong protest against the groundless accusations” made by the French authorities and denounced “the unacceptable interference of this country”, as indicated by “IRNA”.

On Monday, the French National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution “in support of the Iranian people”. The text “strongly condemns the brutal and generalized repression” of “non-violent demonstrators”, “denounces the practice of torture” and “affirms its support for the Iranian people in their aspiration to democracy and respect for their fundamental rights and freedom”.

Furthermore, the text calls for “the immediate release of arbitrarily detained French citizens” in Iran.

During the hearing, Secretary of State Catherine Colonna criticized “the widespread use of arbitrary detention, censorship and violence” in Iran.

Interestingly, Iran is seeing widespread protests that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, who died last September while being held by the morality police in Tehran.

The authorities have responded to the protesters with force and repression, describing this unprecedented movement in the country for decades as “riots” instigated by Western countries. Thousands of Iranians and about 40 foreigners were arrested and, according to judicial authorities, charges were brought against more than 2,000 people.

Six of the defendants were sentenced to death in first degree, in awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court in appeal.

On Tuesday a human rights organization said a crackdown on protests had broken out in Iran has resulted in the deaths of at least 448 people. This budget does not include members of the security forces.

Of the 448 people confirmed dead, 60 are under the age of 18 and include 9 girls, and 29 are women, according to the Oslo-based Iranian human rights NGO.

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