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The European Union has declared itself “appalled” after learning of the executions, this Saturday, of the Iranian protesters Mohamed Mehdi Karami and Mohamed Hoseini, found guilty of the death of a security guard during one of the multiple national protests against death in custody of the young Mahsa Amini.
“The EU reiterates its firm and principled opposition to the use of the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances – cruel and inhuman punishment, which does not act as a deterrent to crime and represents an unacceptable denial of dignity and integrity human,” he laments.
“In addition, it is a definitive punishment that makes possible judicial errors irreversible”, added Brussels, which has also denounced the executions as “another indication of the violent repression of the Iranian authorities”, as the European Union has made known through its Foreign service.
Brussels once again asks the authorities to put an end to this “deeply reprehensible practice” and asks them to suspend the possibility of the death sentence to which more than a hundred detainees risk, according to local NGOs.
Finally, the EU calls on Iran to strictly comply with its obligations enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party.
“Fundamental rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, must be respected in all circumstances,” concludes Brussels.
The German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, has also commented on the execution of the two Iranians and has called for more EU pressure on Tehran. The two inmates have been executed “because they did not want to submit to the brutal and inhumane actions” of the Iranian regime.
“The terrible fate (of the two prisoners) encourages us to continue increasing the pressure on Tehran with the EU,” Baerbock added on Twitter.
With these executions, four protesters have been executed since the outbreak of the protests over the death of the young Iranian Kurdish woman, which have shaken the country as it has not been seen in decades and have already left more than 470 dead, according to local NGOs.
The Iranian authorities, although they have recognized occasional excessive use of force on some occasions, have assured that these protests have been fueled by “rioters” and foreign powers.