France summons Iran envoy over closing rights group's office

France has summoned Iran's ambassador to Paris to protest about the treatment of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, the French FM said.

France summons Iran envoy over closing rights group's office

France has summoned Iran's ambassador to Paris to protest about the treatment of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, the French Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The Iranian government raided Ebadi's law office in Tehran earlier this week less than 10 days after closing the headquarters of her human rights watchdog group, a rights advocacy group in the United States said on Tuesday.

"The European Presidency reminded the Iranian ambassador that the Iranian authorities are responsible for Madame Ebadi's security, which is causing real concern within the European Union," the statement said.

Iran's judiciary said last week that the closure of the centre on Dec. 21 was a temporary measure, adding that the office could be reopened "if the group obtained the necessary legal permit" for its activities.

Iran's government rejects accusations that it violates human rights and accuses its Western foes of hypocrisy.

Reuters
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