Today, Arman Abdolali was executed in Iran, after being sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was 17 years old.
The European Union condemns this execution in the strongest terms and recalls yet again that death sentences for crimes committed by persons below the age of 18 are contrary to international obligations under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to both of which Iran is a party.
As a matter of principle, the European Union strongly opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent to crime and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. The European Union continues to work for the universal abolition of the death penalty.
The European Union calls on Iran to refrain from any future executions and to pursue a consistent policy towards the abolition of capital punishment.