MEP Bastiaan Belder and the AJC Transatlantic Institute cordially invite you to an

Exchange of Views

“Human Rights in Iran and the EU’s Policy of Engagement”

Monday, 15th February 2016

14:00 – 15:00

European Parliament, A1H1

On the eve of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, this discussion aims to shed light on the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses.

The negotiations between the E3+3 countries and Iran led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which intends to hinder Iran’s nuclear ambitions. This process was dovetailed by a political rapprochement between Tehran and the West, including the European Union.

While the current Iranian government is being hailed as reformist, the regime’s human rights record has actually worsened under President Rohani. Over the past year, the number of public executions has sky-rocketed, the persecution of homosexuals and religious minorities like Christians and the Baha’i has increased while civil society is still being violently repressed. This panel will discuss the human rights situation in Iran in light of the EU’s policy of engagement.



Bastiaan Belder, Member of the European Parliament


Rachel Bayani, Representative of the Bahá’í International Community (Brussels)

Saba Farzan, Executive Director at Foreign Policy Circle (Berlin)

Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Journalist at Radio Free Europe (Prague)

Closing Remarks

Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute

To register or for further information: elise.coolegem@ep.europa.eu

* Please note, BIC is involved in this event in its own capacity and views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of other EPRID members.