Since 13 June 2009, Iran has been the scene of the biggest
popular upheaval since the 1979 revolution. Massive protests following
the announcement of the results of the presidential election which
was held on 12 June, calls for annulment of the vote by the opposition
supporters and the reaction of the authorities, who have used violence
against peaceful demonstrators, detained hundreds of them and imposed
severe restrictions on the freedom of expression, raise the utmost
concern about possible future developments.
Whereas an independent and credible investigation should clarify
all concerns about irregularities and the contested results, the
principal concern at present is the human rights situation in Iran
and the use of force and violence against peaceful demonstrations.
The only way to find a peaceful and sustainable solution to
the present situation in Iran, as well as stability and peace in
the region, is through democracy, respect of human rights and the
rule of law. The Assembly stands ready to engage in a meaningful
dialogue with the Parliament of Iran and the democratic forces in
Iran as well as the civil society.