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The recent condemnation of the Iranian Human Rights defender Mrs Narges Mohammadi to ten years imprisonment is a worrying development.
Mrs Mohammadi has been working in a peaceful manner to improve human and women's rights in Iran and for the gradual abolition of the death penalty.
The right to express opinion in a non-violent manner is at the very core of the universal declaration for Human Rights and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party.
The EU also calls on the Iranian authorities to take into account her deteriorating health conditions.