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Distress Over Iran Executions

  • February 5th, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

eu-flag-flies.jpgThe European Union has objected to an “alarming rate” of state executions in Iran including “abhorrent practices”.

Its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, (3.2.11) called on Iran to halt all pending executions immediately and declare a moratorium on use of the death penalty.

“Executions are taking place at an alarming rate”, she said.

“In addition, abhorrent practices such as public executions and suspension hanging continue to be used, in contravention of Iran’s international obligations.”

The Commissioner said there had been a steep increase in executions this year, including the deaths of eleven people recently.

Among those was a Dutch-Iranian national, Zahra Bahrami, executed at Tehran 29.1.11.

“I am dismayed that the Iranian authorities denied consular access to Ms Bahrami and did not ensure a transparent and fair judicial process”, she said.

A statement from the European Union says that it is opposed to capital punishment under all circumstances in all countries, and aims at its universal abolition, seeking a global moratorium as a first step.

Reference

EU, “EU’s High Representative condemns wave of executions …”, EU Delegation to Australia, 4.2.11. http://www.delaus.ec.europa.eu/, (5.2.11).

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