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Luxembourg, 10 October 2011 15307/11 PRESSE 356

EU reinforces restrictive measures due to serious human rights violations in Iran

The Foreign Affairs Council today expressed its profound concern at the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran. It thus reinforced the EU's restrictive measures against persons responsible for serious human rights violations in that country, adding 29 persons to the list of those targeted by an assets freeze and a visa ban.

Today's decisions, together with the list of additional designations, will be published in theOfficial Journal of 11 October.

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

1. The European Union is deeply concerned that the human rights situation in Irancontinues to deteriorate. The EU is appalled by the continued dramatic increase inexecutions in Iran, including the execution of minors, and is concerned that many of those were held in public and using particularly cruel and inhumane methods. On this day, the World Day against the Death Penalty, the EU reiterates its call on Iran immediately to establish a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its complete abolition.