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Sakharov Prize for Jina Mahsa Amini: The EU has to walk the talk

Today, the European Parliament has awarded Jina Mahsa Amini (posthumously) and the Woman Life Freedom movement the Sakharov Prize 2023.

The prize was accepted by Iranian women’s rights activists Afsoon Najafi and Mersedeh Shahinkar, as well as the Amini family’s lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht.

The movement has changed the situation in Iran and inspired people all around the world to stand up for women’s rights and show solidarity with the Iranians fighting for freedom. The media attention on the movement is well-deserved and important. We know that this regime kills as soon as the country is no longer in the spotlight.

However, words of appreciation are not enough. As the EU, we have to take actions to support and protect those suffering from the repressions of the Iranian regime. Our work as politicians has to go beyond awarding prices.

I have made my demands regarding the actions we need to take in my speech in the Foreign Affairs Committee:

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