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6/12/05

Iran: Koulaei says if elected president, Moin will declare general amnesty for political prisoners

Tehran, June 11, IRNA-Political activist Elahe Koulaei said on Saturday that reformist candidate Mostafa Moin will declare general amnesty for political prisoners if he is elected president.

She told a press conference that journalist Akbar Ganji, Ahmad Batebi and Nasser Zarafshan are being detained for expressing themselves whereas 'freedom of expression' has been enshrined by Constitution of Islamic Republic of Iran.

Koulaei said that Moin's decision to include the post of vice president for human rights affairs will encourage those boycotting the election to go to polls.

She said that the reform camp agreed to form Front of Democracy and Human Rights with Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI) and Council of Nationalist-Religious Political Activists to speed up the process of democracy in Iran.

Koulaei said that vice president for human rights affairs will be named in four days.

"Of course, process to uphold human rights began since President Mohammad Khatami took office in 1997. The process will gain momentum to fight backwardness in the field of human rights," she said.

Asked whether Ezzatollah Sahabi, from religious-nationalist political group will undertake the portfolio of vice president for human rights affairs, she said that Mr. Sahabi is a popular personality, but, he was not ready to undertake portfolio in the cabinet.

However, consultations are underway to introduce the vice president for the new portfolio, she said.

Asked about a meeting between Moin and ambassadors of European Union (EU), spokesman Isa Saharkhiz said that reporters had been invited to the meeting which was an ordinary exchange of views and the content of the discussion has been made public to the reporters and to the Foreign Ministry.

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