Statement of the Spokesperson on the execution of a juvenile offender in Iran
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On 10 August 2017, Alireza Tajiki was executed in Iran, after being sentenced to death in 2013 when he was 16 years old. He was convicted of murder and rape.
Death penalty sentences for crimes committed by persons below the age of eighteen are contrary to Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The European Union is opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and aims at its universal abolition. The European Union reiterates its concerns about the high number of executions in Iran, notably of juvenile offenders and for crimes such as drug offences which do not qualify as "most serious crimes'' according to the international human rights law.