MEK Iran: Jennifer Carol McNeill AT Online Conference Marking International Women’s Day 2021
Transcript of remarks by Jennifer Carol McNeill at the online conference marking International Women’s Day 2021.
Jennifer Carol McNeill, Member of Irish Parliament
Hello. I’m a member of the Irish parliament, which is an independent parliament founded back in 1921 and 1937. And at its core has always had a very strong commitment to human rights driven by in large part, women driving a civil society movement towards women’s rights in this country.
This jurisdiction, this independent republic, was dogged for many years also by a theocratic regime, given express constitutional preference over every other religion, and its influence reached into our schools into women’s lives into the lives of children, where we had a background of forced adoptions and a whole range of different difficult issues. So, we understand, in parse, the impact of the theocratic regime on the people of the country.
The issue of human rights is extremely important
For us, the Irish, in Ireland, the issue of human rights is extremely important and it’s also a measure of grave concern for myself and my colleagues in the Irish parliament. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking this afternoon with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, who is the Irish foreign minister, and who is also the UN Security Council representative at the moment, working specifically on the Iranian and JPCOA deal at the moment and he was in Tehran yesterday and over the weekend to talk with the President about that issue, but also he asked me to inform that he had a three-hour meeting with the foreign minister, Minister Zarif, where he raised a whole range of human rights issues, issues and anathema to our foreign minister and to our Irish parliament, that there is, for example, no law on domestic violence and that’s the age of maturity of criminal responsibility for girls in Iran is nine, whereas it’s 15 for boys.
The range of human rights abuses and gender infringement
These are just some of the range of human rights abuses and gender infringement that women suffer and that girls suffer under this regime. And on this day, in International Women’s Day, we stand in Ireland, in solidarity with the brave, brave Iranian women who have been actively taking part in and standing at the forefront of the anti-regime protests over the last 42 years, in particular, in recent years and in these days.
Ireland and the international community stand in both in thought and in practice with Iran today, and we support their struggle for freedom and democracy in Iran.