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Human rights debate

MEPs held their monthly human rights debate on 22 November 2012.

The debate will begin with MEPs raising the human rights situation in Iran, especially the recent death of the blogger Sattar Behesthi.

Mr Beheshti died in custody after being held on charges of "actions against national security on social networks". Although the exact circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear, reports suggest torture may have been involved.

It is thought Mr Beheshti was targeted for his writings on political and social issues on his blog and on Facebook.

The debate will then turn to MEPs discussing the situation in Burma, especially in the state of Rakhine where violence has left about 140 people dead and 100,00 people homeless.

The state has faced violence between Muslims and Buddhists since May after the rape and murder of a young Buddhist woman.

Thousands of people have fled their homes and many Muslims have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

The final part of the debate will focus on the situation of migrants in Libya.

Many people have died in the Mediterranean Sea, using Libya as a transit route from Somalia to Italy.

There are also many migrants in Libya living in limbo.

Thousands of Africans from neighbouring states were voluntarily repatriated after the conflict ended, others were branded as mercenaries and it remains unclear how many are still in jail.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.


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