Saturday, October 27, 2012

European Parliament visit to Iran canceled at last minute

Iran has canceled a European Parliament delegation visit to Tehran after the group asked to meet two Iranian activists awarded a top EU rights prize, a parliament spokeswoman said on Saturday.

The decision came after senior officials at the parliament, which on Friday awarded its Sakharov prize for human rights and freedom of thought to human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi, said they wanted the delegation to meet the two activists.

"After hearing the new conditions, the Iranians decided to cancel,"

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/european-parliament-visit-to-iran-canceled-at-last-minute-1.472586