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6/16/04

4th round of Iran-EU talks on human rights held

Tehran, June 16, IRNA -- The fourth round of bilateral talks between the government and non-governmental sectors of Iran and the European Union on the subject of human rights was held here on Monday and Tuesday.

The conference was held within the framework of the continuing dialogue and cooperation between Iran and the EU.

During the conference, Iranian judicial, executive and parliamentary officials and representatives of the European Commission and "troika" as well as academic officials exchanged views on key human rights issues.

The Iranian participants brought out various instances in which EU states are violating human rights such as their prohibition on the use of hijab, discrimination against Muslims in schools and work places, restrictions on supporters of Islam and failure to observe the rights of immigrants.

They called for serious observance of European Union laws pertaining to such issues in order to resolve them.

The sides also pointed to developments in Iraq and violation of human rights in that country, and condemned the continuation of violation of international laws and conventions by US-led occupation forces.

Other important issues that were discussed by the participants included the need for EU financial and monetary institutions to avoid selective and politically motivated policies in the grant of aid for development projects in other countries as well as the negative impact of unilateral measures adopted by certain countries in trying to advance human rights in the world.

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