Condemnation for Stoning in Iran

Iran’s Ambassador to Sweden was summoned to State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage on Wednesday, in connection with an execution by stoning that took place in Iran earlier this month.  The stoning concerned a man sentenced for adultery.

The other accused, a woman, has also been sentenced to stoning, but the punishment has not yet been carried out.

The European Union, represented by its current presidency Portugal, has also expressed strong condemnation of the punishment as well as expressing deep concern that the woman will also be executed.

In a press release the he State Secretary for Foreign Affairs criticized the sentences and the executions in light of the UN human rights conventions and the various commitments made through them by Iran.

The State Secretary also expressed condemnation of the use of the death penalty in Iran, as well as emphasizing the EU Presidency’s appeal to Iran not to carry out the death penalty on the accused woman.

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