Januray 25, 2008
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU concerning death sentences in Iran
The EU is deeply concerned by the news of the imminent execution of Ali Mahin Torabi, Saeed Jazee, Amir Amrolahi, Rahim Ahmadi, Mohammadreza Haddadi, Behnood and Ali (identified only by his name), who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were minors.
The EU notes that these executions are a direct contravention of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international commitments, specifically the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both clearly prohibiting the execution of minors or people who have been convicted of crimes committed when they were minors.
The EU urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to comply with International Law and to halt the executions of Mr. Torabi, Mr Jazee, Mr Amrolahi, Mr Ahmadi, Mr Haddadi, Mr Behnood, Mr Ali and of all other juvenile offenders, taking in consideration alternative sentences for juvenile offenders and respect for international norms and standards that provide safeguards guaranteeing the protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty.
The EU is also deeply concerned by methods of execution used in Iran which fall below international standards for use of the death penalty and violate Iran’s international human rights commitments (such as stoning). In this regard the EU is concerned that two men, Tayyeb Karimi and Yazdan, have been sentenced to death in Shiraz and face imminent execution by being ‘thrown from a height’ or ‘a cliff’. The EU calls on Iran to halt these executions and make a commitment not to apply such sentences in the future.
The EU condemns the increasing recourse to death sentences and executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. At the same time the EU reiterates its longstanding opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances and recalls that any miscarriage or failure of justice in the application of capital punishment represents the irreparable and irreversible loss of human life. The EU is in favor of the universal abolition of the death penalty and urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to abolish the death penalty, if necessary by initially establishing a moratorium on executions, in line with the resolution endorsed on 18 December 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly, on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this declaration. * Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
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