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European Union condemns Iran over child executions

Brussels, 26 January 2009


Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU concerning execution of juvenile Molla Gol Hassan and mass execution in Iran

The European Union strongly condemns the execution of Molla Gol Hassan, an Afghan citizen sentenced for a crime he is accused of committing when he was 17 years old. He was executed on 21 January 2009 in Evin Prison, Teheran. Furthermore the European Union strongly condemns the execution of 21 persons in Iran on 20/21 January: ten in Teheran, nine in Yazd province, and two in Isfahan. The EU continues to call on the Iranian authorities to abolish the death penalty completely and, in the meantime, to establish a moratorium on executions as urged by United Nations

 

There can be absolutely no justification for the use of the death penalty by the Iranian authorities in the case of juvenile offenders, which explicitly runs counter to the legally binding provisions of international law. The European Union condemns the fact that Iran executed at least nine juvenile offenders in 2008, and urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately halt the use of the death penalty in the case of juvenile offenders.

The EU further calls upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to bring its domestic legislation and practice into line with the international human rights conventions, which Iran has freely entered into and ratified, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. These two international human rights mechanisms clearly prohibit the execution of minors or people who have been convicted of crimes committed when they were minors.

بیانیه اتحادیه اروپا درباره خطر اعدام امیر امراللهی

اخبار مربوط به اعدام قریب الوقوع امیر امراللهی که به دلیل جرمی که در هنگام صغر سن مرتکب شده، محکوم به اعدام گردیده، موجب نگرانی شدید اتحادیه اروپاست.

این محکومیت به اعدام نقض آشکار تعهدات بین المللی جمهوری اسلامی ایران و الزاماتی است که بر وفق پیمان بین المللی مربوط به حقوق مدنی و سیاسی و کنوانسیون مربوط به حقوق کودک پذیرفته که هر دو اعدام افراد را به خاطر جرمی که در صغر سن مرتکب شده اند محکوم می کند.
از همین رو نیز اتحادیه اروپا اعدام آقایان حسن مظفری و رحمن شهیدی در بوشهر در 22 ژوئیه گذشته را که در زمان ارتکاب جرمهایی که به خاطرشان محکوم شده بودند محکوم می کند.
اتحادیه اروپا مؤکداً از ایران می خواهد به تعهدات خود عمل کند و تدابیر لازم فوری را برای جلوگیری از اعدام آقای امیر امراللهی فوری و کلاً همه کسان دیگری که به خاطر جرمی که در زمان صغر سن مرتکب شده اند با خطر اعدام رویرویند اتخاذ کند.

خبر تصمیم مقامات قضایی ایران به لغو حکم اعدام آقای علی مهین ترابی که اتحادیه اروپا در ماه های اخیر به نفع او مداخله کرده بود، و تجدید محاکمه وی موجب رفع نگرانی بوده، اتحادیه اروپا از مقامات ایرانی می خواهد همین رویه در مورد ایرانیانی که در وضعیتی مشابه گرفتارند در پیش گیرد و برای شان کیفرهای جانشین با قابلیت آموزشی و با هدف امکان بازگشت به اجتماع در نظر گیرد

European Union strongly condemns Iran’s new parliamentary bill

Application of the death penalty in Iran (July 18, 2008)

 Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union

 

The European Union is deeply concerned by the news of the public execution of ten Iranians during the week beginning 7 July 2008 alone. It is also worried about the parliamentary bill to extend the range of offences carrying the death penalty, in particular to include the establishment of websites disturbing the “psychological security of society”, as it is worded. The bill makes a disproportionate link between the acts committed and the penalty imposed and sets out to brutally restrict the exercise of freedom of expression. Being firmly committed to universal abolition of the death penalty, the EU strongly condemns its application in Iran and the parliamentary bill.

The European Union reaffirms its opposition to capital punishment under any circumstances. The death penalty offends human dignity. There is also no irrefutable evidence that it has any deterrent effect, while any miscarriage of justice in its use is irreversible and irreparable. The Iranian authorities have doubled the number of executions from 2006 to 2007, without achieving anything but a worsening crime rate.

The European Union urges Iran to respect international human rights standards, put an immediate stop to all executions and introduce a moratorium with the aim of abolishing the death penalty, in accordance with the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 2007. It calls on the Iranian parliament to withdraw its bill and support a thorough overhaul of judicial practice, making for more lenient sentences.

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 and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

European Union condemns imminent execution of Saleh Taseh

EU Presidency statement on the imminent execution of Selah Taseh and other juvenile offenders

The Presidency of the European Union deeply regrets that yet another juvenile offender is in imminent threat of execution. Mr Selah Taseh was sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was a minor. The Presidency urges the Iranian authorities to immediately halt the execution of Mr Taseh and all other juvenile offenders on death row, including Mr Saeed Jazee, Mr Mohammad Fadaei, Mr Behnoud Shojaee, Mr Behnam Zare and Mr Abu Moslem Sohrabi.

The Presidency recalls its statements of 4 June and 10 June 2008 and again reiterates that all juvenile death sentences are in direct contravention of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international obligations and commitments to which the Islamic Republic of Iran has freely undertaken. Obligations contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child must be fully and unconditionally respected by the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a State Party to both of these legally binding international human rights conventions.

European Union condemns upcoming child executions in Iran

04.06.2008

 

EU Presidency statement on the imminent execution of juvenile offenders in Iran

 

The Presidency of the EU expresses its deep concern on news of the imminent execution of Mr Mohammad Fadaei who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was a minor. Mr Fadaei is scheduled to be executed on 11 June 2008. Two other juvenile offenders, Mr Behnood Shojaee and Mr Saeed Jazee, who were also convicted of crimes which took place when they were minors, have also been scheduled for execution on 11 June and 25 June 2008 respectively.
The Presidency notes that these juvenile death sentences are in direct contravention of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international obligations and commitments, specifically as set out in 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. These international legal obligations have been freely entered into by the Islamic Republic of Iran and must be fully respected by the Iranian authorities.
The Presidency calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to comply with international law and to immediately halt the executions of Mr Mohammad Fadaei, Mr Behnood Shojaee, Mr Saeed Jazee and all other juvenile offenders on death row, 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 European Union has previously raised its concerns with the Iranian authorities concerning the use of juvenile death penalty and has specifically raised the cases of Mr Behnood Shojaee and Mr Saeed Jazee also in this regard.

40 EU countries condemn execution of Saeed Jazee and Behnoud Shojaee

On behalf of the European Union, the EU presidency on Friday urged Iran to
halt the execution of Saeed Jazee, Behnoud Shojaee and more than 95 other  juvenile offenders on death row. Following a formal protest by the EU on May 4, the head judiciary of Iran postponed the execution of Shojaee, 20, who was 17 years old when he killed another boy in a street brawl in
Tehran . The one month postponement order came from the head of the judiciary, Hashemi Shahroudi, seeking a settlement with the victim’s family.  Both mediation attempts have failed so far and Behnoud is facing execution in two weeks.

According to prevailing laws in Iran , victims’ families can either demand the implementation of the death sentence or receive blood money retribution instead.

The other juvenile , Saeed Jazee was convicted of the murder of a 22-year-old man in 2003, when he was 17. Last week Ayatollah Sharudi issued the final authorization to execute Saeed and now he is also hoping for a pardon by the alleged victim’s family.

Following the news Stop Child Executions and Amnesty International issued urgent action calls to stop the execution.

Stop Child Executions Campaign thank the presidency of the European for the immediate response. Additionally SCE president , Nazanin Afshin-Jam has contacted both United Nations and the Canadian government about the pending executions of Saeed Jazee and Behnood Shojaee. The UN has already passed the matter to appropriate mechanisms for necessary actions.

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on the imminent execution of Behnoud Shojaee and Saeed Jazee

23.05.2008


The EU is deeply concerned by the news of the imminent execution of Behnoud Shojaee and Saeed Jazee, who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were minors.
The EU notes that these juvenile death sentences are in direct contravention of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international obligations and commitments, as explicitly set out in 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 immediately halt the execution of Mr Shojaee and Mr Jazee and of all other juvenile offenders on the death row, taking in consideration alternative sentences for juvenile offenders.

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 and the Republic of Moldova 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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EU condemns Iran for the surge of child execution orders

Following the urgent action reports by Stop Child Executions, Amnesty International and international committee against executions, the European Union and its candidate countries (42 states) issued a condemnation of Iran’s ruling regime for its new surge of juvenile execution orders. Stop Child Executions Campaign thank the president of European Union and its members and candidates for this responsible and humanitarian action and encourage United Nations and all countries of the world to also condemn violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Islamic regime in Iran.

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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To help save minors facing execution in Iran please visit: http://www.stopchildexecutions.com/how-you-can-help.aspx

EU Presidency "deeply concerned" about 3 imminent child executions

Following the Urgent Calls about the imminent executions of Mohammad Latif, Ali Mahin-Torabi and Hossein Haghi, the president of European Union issued the following statement.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Stop Child Executions Campaign thank the European Union and its presidency for their immediate attention:

EU Presidency Statement on the Supreme Court’s decision concerning the death sentences on Mohammad Latif, Ali Mahin Torabi and Hossein Haghi 

Date:   2007-12-17 
 
The EU Presidency is deeply concerned about the decision by the Supreme Court concerning the death sentences on Mohammad Latif, Ali Mahin Torabi and Hossein Haghi.

The EU Presidency recalls Islamic Republic of Iran’s international commitments and obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 37) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 6, n.5).

The EU Presidency calls upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to review the sentences on Mohammad Latif, Ali Mahin Torabi and Hossein Haghi under Islamic Republic of Iran’s international commitments and obligations.

The EU Presidency calls on the Iranian authorities to approve by the due instances the new law on juvenile courts and to make sure that the waiver of the death sentences for minors and for crimes committed during childhood is clearly stated there.

The EU Presidency asks the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran to convey this message to the Majlis and the Guardians Council, as well as to the Judiciary.

The EU Presidency reiterates EU’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances and strongly condemns the application of capital punishment to minors.

http://www.eu2007.pt/UE/vEN/Noticias_Documentos/Declaracoes_PESC/20071217Irao.htm