Task Force Iran

Iran: Statement by the Spokesperson on the execution of Navid Afkari

Brussels, 14/09/2020 - 09:46, UNIQUE ID: 200914_5
Statements by the Spokesperson

On 12 September 2020, Navid Afkari (aged 27) was executed in Iran, after being convicted of killing a security guard during anti-government protests in 2018.

The European Union condemns this execution in the strongest terms. 

 Human rights remain a central feature of our engagement with Iran. We will continue to engage with Iranian authorities on this issue including through the local EU representation in Teheran and also on individual cases such as this recent execution.

 The European Union is opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and cases with no exception. It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.