European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Egypt's Minister for Foreign Affairs Sameh Hassan Shoukry (not pictured) hold a news conference after a EU-Egypt Association Council in Brussels, Belgium July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
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Amnesty International on Thursday urged EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini to use a visit to Iran this weekend to demand that Tehran immediately release all imprisoned human rights activists.London-based Amnesty called on the European Union to take a tougher stance as the group published a report accusing Iran of a "vicious crackdown" that it says has dashed hopes of rights reform under President Hassan Rouhani. Amnesty's Iran researcher Nassim Papayianni said the rights organisation is urging Mogherini to request a meeting with jailed human rights defenders and ensure they are not targeted later for retribution.
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