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European Parliament calls for investigation into death of Iranian woman

BRUSSELS, Oct 6 (KUNA) -- The European Parliament (EP) Thursday condemned death of the woman citizen Mahsa Amini in Iran and called for EU sanctions against her killers and those involved in quashing ensuing street protests.
In a resolution adopted by show of hands, the EP called for an impartial, effective and above all independent investigation into her tragic killing.
Arrested by the police, on September 13, for allegedly ignoring Iranآ’s strict veiling laws, Amini died in a Tehran hospital three days later following physical abuse while in custody, noted the resolution.
While expressing its strong support "for the peaceful protest movement in Iran," the EP "strongly condemned the widespread and disproportionate use of force by Iranian security forces against the crowds, which has so far resulted in many casualties." It also called on the countryآ’s authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and drop any charges against anyone who has been "imprisoned solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as all other human rights defenders." The parliament further called on the United Nations, and in particular its Human Rights Council, to initiate an investigation into recent events in Iran. (end) nk.rk