19 March 1993

Doc. 6797

MOTION FOR A RECOMMENDATION

on the protection of Salman Rushdie

presented by Mr EISMA and others


      The Assembly,

      Horrified by the confirmation of the "fatwah" issued against Salman Rushdie by the Iranian Government;

      Noting that the United Kingdom Government is responsible for the protection of Salman Rushdie;

      Convinced that the protection of the rights of Salman Rushdie - that is, his freedom of expression - needs the involvement of more countries than the United Kingdom,

      Asks the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to recommend that their governments contribute financially - together with the present responsible Government of the United Kingdom - to the protection of Salman Rushdie.

Signed:        Eisma, Persson, Skaug, Worms, Pahtas, Hunt, Hacklin, Szélenyi, Brito, Aguiar, Atkinson, Hawlicek, Hadjidemetriou, Flückiger.