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EU to start human rights dialogue with Iran mid-September

The next round-table on human rights dialogue between the EU and Iran will take place on September 15 and 16, an EU official said in Brussels on Thursday, IRNA reported.

EU Commissioner Poul Nielson, speaking on behalf of the European Commission in the European Parliament on an EU human rights report, said freedom of expression will be the main subject for discussion at the round-table.

"Thus far, the EU has noted with satisfaction, the de facto moratorium on stoning (in Iran) is still a reality. I hope further results will be achieved with our Iranian partners," said Nielson. The EP adopted Thursday a non-binding resolution on the situation of human rights in the world.

The House underlines the importance of engaging in genuine political dialogue with non-EU countries and of integrating human rights into the EU`s external policies.

EP member states call on the EU to play a more vigorous role at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) but they believe that the standing of this body is suffering from growing politicization. The report says that "human rights dialogues must not be turned into mere talking-shops, or be confined to exchanges of views on cultural and historical differences".

It calls for special dialogues with Mediterranean countries, Russia, Ukraine, the south Caucasus countries and the Balkan states. It asks the European Council to assess the EU`s structured dialogues with Iran and China and urges the governments of these two countries to allow in the UN`s special rapporteurs on human rights.

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