Henrike Hahn MEP (The Greens/EFA) taking on political sponsorship of Shahla Abdi: "Shahla Abdi must be released immediately!"
Henrike Hahn, Bavarian MEP and Deputy Speaker of the the German Delegation of the Greens/EFA is taking on political sponsorship of Shahla Abdi, a young woman of Kurdish origin and expectant mother, who is facing death penalty in a prison in Iran:
"As an MEP, I see it as my duty to stand up for the many thousands of political prisoners who are fighting for a free, self-determined life in Iran. I want to draw attention to them and speak on their behalf.
The report about the death penalty, the inhumane prison conditions and health-threatening situation of the young, pregnant Kurdish woman Shahla Abdi horrify me. It is unknown in which prison she is currently being held or when the death sentence will be carried out.
Shahla Abdi is only in her early 20s and four months pregnant. Her fellow inmates reported that her general condition is very poor. She appears very weak. Shahla shows signs of abuse and is visibly in shock. She has been in solitary confinement for weeks and is not allowed to have contact with other people or visitors. The living conditions in the prison are more than worrying for the special needs of a young, expectant mother, both medically and hygienically. Time is pressing.
The UN Human Rights Council rightly condemns these conditions. I too call for the immediate release and suspension of the death penalty of Shahla Abdi. There is no justification for the inhumane treatment of this young woman and expectant mother, who is – in this particular situation – especially dependent on medical and family support. In the course of the protests, tens of thousands of people have been detained, including pregnant women like Shahla Abdi. According to reports, individual women have already suffered miscarriages due to physical violence used against them. This must be prevented at all costs!
Today, I wrote to the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to ask her to support the release of Shahla Abdi. I have also asked the Iranian Ambassador, Mahmoud Farazandeh, in Berlin as well as the Iranian Consul General, Amir Reza Sherkat, in Munich for a personal meeting to ask them to convey my request for the immediate release and medical support of Shahla Abdi to the Iranian government."
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