NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
IRAN: NO SANCTIONS BREACHED BUT GOVT. SILENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE
The Isle of Man Chief Minister has responded to a query from the Celtic League asking about the use by Iran of the Isle of Man Shipping Register.
In his reply Tony Brown MHK says:
“The Isle of Man is aware of the existence of ships owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping line (IRISL) which are owned by Isle of Man companies, as it is aware of the involvement of Manx companies with ships owned elsewhere.
“The Isle of Man takes its commitments under UN and EU sanctions seriously. Evidence to date suggests that no person or company on the Island has acted in breach of any UN or EU sanctions, or any export or trade controls, in respect of IRISL or Iran in general. The Island cooperates fully with the relevant authorities in the UK and other counties in respect of sanctions measures”
Whilst the Celtic League welcome the Chief Minister’s assurance that no sanctions have been breached it is disappointing that the Manx government has failed to respond to our concerns about Iran’s human rights record (see link
J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
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