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U.S. and EU Call For Release Of Iranian Opposition Leaders

Source: RFE/RL

The United States is joining calls for the release of two Iranian opposition leaders who were put under house arrest two years ago. The State Department noted Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi have not been charged with any crimes since being detained in 2011. Musavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, a women's rights activist, is also under house arrest.

Musavi and Karrubi ran in Iran's 2009 presidential election.

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of the election amid opposition claims the vote was rigged, sparking street protests.

The State Department also expressed concern over the ongoing bans on political parties and imprisonment of political leaders ahead of Iran's presidential elections in June.

The State Department statement comes after the EU also called for the immediate release of Musavi and Karrubi.

cartoon about cracks appearing in Azadi (Freedom) Monument in Tehran (source: Mardomak)

EU Foreign Policy Chief Calls For Musavi, Karrubi's Release

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has called on Iranian authorities to release two prominent opposition figures, Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi, from house arrest.

In a statement released on February 14, Ashton says she is "very concerned" that, two years after their detention, Karrubi and Musavi, as well as Musavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, continue to be under house arrest.

Ashton said she was calling "on the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as she has done on various occasions in the past, to grant them their right to freedom of movement."


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