Marlborough Express

On Iranian actions


mour and Green MP Golriz Ghahraman over the condemnati­on. Ghahraman, who fled Iran with her family as a child, originally put forward the proposal to move a motion in the House to condemn Iran for its actions against protesters, and to acknowledg­e the violence against women and other Iranians was unacceptab­le.

Seymour pushed back on this over a spat in Parliament during his speech on her electoral amendment bill. He wanted Ghahraman to apologise first, and said she had not been respectful when making points of order.

Seymour previously said he was in support of condemning the actions in Iran and he would be happy with any other Green MP or Mahuta to make the motion, or would agree to it if Ghahraman apologised.

Ghahraman said yesterday she was ‘‘truly shocked and deeply saddened’’ with Seymour’s decision. ‘‘A Parliament­ary Motion by consensus moved by a woman, and former victim of that regime, would have been meaningful to the Iranian people here and back in Iran – I know it would have been particular­ly stinging for that criminal regime.

‘‘But the most important thing is that we as a nation join our allies in condemning the mass violence against women and Iranians fighting for regime change.’’

Seymour said Mahuta delivering the condemnati­on was a ‘‘very good outcome and a lot more powerful coming from the Minister of Foreign Affairs’’.

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