"Choice for Scotland”
A senior Euro MP has expressed astonishment at what he describes as “US attempts to conceal information about seven hostages, including six women, abducted in Iraq.” Struan Stevenson, a Scottish Conservative MEP and President of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq, has said that he was surprised by US Secretary of State John Kerry's response to a question about the hostages when he said the information was “classified”.
Speaking from Strasbourg, the Euro MP said:
On Friday (6th December) MEP for Scotland, Struan Stevenson, visited the Glasgow Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre and was greeted by a number of VIPs (very important pooches). The MEP made many new furry friends at the centre, including Pip an adorable little crossbreed terrier.
Struan has written to the European Commission about the treatment of foreign language lecturers in Italy (the so-called 'lettori') including recent court cases concerning the rights of the lettori.
In a major conference held at the European Parliament on Wednesday, December 4, human rights violations in Iran, the Geneva nuclear agreement, and the massacre and hostage-taking in Camp Ashraf were debated in the presence of a large number of MEPs from various political groups and with the participation of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Struan has written a letter to Algirdas Semeta, European Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, about recent proposals by the Commission to renew excise tax preferences in favour of French rum that may harm Scotch Whisky exports.
Struan was interviewed on the BBC World Service's Newsday programme discussing the plight of ethnic minorities in Iraq.
A Scottish Euro MP has just returned from four days in Iraq, where he visited Syrian refugee camps, and discussed the country’s worsening human rights situation and persecution of minorities with senior political leaders.
From 25 October to 5 November, as Vice President of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, Struan travelled to Laos and Vietnam, at the invitation of these governments, to examine their prospects for aquaculture.
MEPs from all political groups in the European Parliament have urged the leadership of the EU and the member states to force the Iraqi government to release the 7 hostages, including 6 women, who were abducted by Iraqi government forces on 1 September during the massacre in camp Ashraf. On that day 52 defenceless members of the Iranian opposition PMOI-MEK were executed by Iraqi special forces.