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IOHR and the family of Dr Ahmadreza Djalali seek support from European Parliamentarians for his release from imprisonment in Iran

26 June 2018

Location:  Flemish Parliament, European Parliament, Strasbourg Council of Europe

The International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) invited Mrs Vida Mehrannia, the wife of imprisoned Iranian-Swedish professor Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, to Brussels and Strasbourg to appeal for an urgent intervention from diplomats and members of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe the week before President Rouhani’s visit to Austria and Switzerland.

Tuesday 26 June

Private Breakfast with:

  • Geert Bourgeois – Minister President of the Flemish government
  • Dr Caroline Pauwels, Rector Vlams Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • Jean Jaques Amy, Doctor Emeritus at UZ Brussel (VUB teaching hospital)
  • Eddy van Gelder – Chair of the Board, VUB
  • Jan Peumans – Chairman of the Flemish Parliament
  • Sarah Geneviève Janssens, VUB
  • Dr Gerlant van Berlaer, colleague of Dr Djalali, Vlams Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

09.00-09.45: Press conference

Private meeting with Jan Peumans, accompanied by other parliamentarians who drafted and voted for the Djalali resolution, led by the Foreign Affairs Committee.  

Individual meetings with:

  • Daniel Chaibi, Head of Iran Taskforce, European External Action Service, and Maja Urbanska, Task Force Iran
  • Frederique Ries MEP
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (Bulgarian, Liberal)
  • Hilde Vautmans MEP (Belgian, Liberal), Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee,
  • Gerard Deprez MEP (Belgian, Liberal), Chair of EP Friends of the Free Iran intergroup
  • Lars Adaktusson MEP (Swedish, Christian Democrat), Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Ambassador Johan Verkammen, Director, Middle East & North Africa Department, Maarten Vervoort, Iran Desk Officer, and Mr Arthur d’Anethan, Belgian Foreign Ministry)

Private audience with Guy Verhofstadt, President of ALDE Group and Brexit Coordinator for European Parliament

Wednesday 27 June

Meetings by the Belgian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly to the Council of Europe

  • Dirk Van der Maelen, Chairman of the Belgian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and other members of the Belgian delegation
  • Jonas Gunnarsson, Chairman of the Swedish delegation and Kersin Lundgren, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Assembly’s SubCommittee on the Middle East & Arab World
  • Nick Andreas, Member of the German Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the German delegation
  • Filippo Lombardi, Member of the Swiss Council Foreign Relations Committee and Chair of the Swiss delegation
  • Georg Magerl, Austrian delegation



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