Skip to comments.EU says alarmed by rise in death sentences in Iran
Posted on 05/30/2012 9:28:18 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The European Union criticized Iran on Wednesday for an "alarming" increase in the use of the death penalty this year, calling on Tehran to introduce a moratorium on executions.
"According to the latest data, compiled from a number of sources, the rate of executions in Iran during the first 5 months of 2012 confirmed the country as one of the world's leading users of the death penalty," a spokesman for the EU's foreign policy chief said.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is "deeply concerned by the alarming increase", the spokesman said.
Ashton is leading negotiations between six global powers and Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, hoping to resolve a decade-long dispute over international suspicions that Tehran seeks the means to make atom bombs. Tehran denies this.
Tehran has repeatedly faced accusations of human rights abuses related to its high rate of use of the death penalty.
In May, Iranian media said 15 people were hanged14 who faced charges of drug trafficking and a man said by Tehran to be an agent of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
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The EU should psend more time on its collapsing economy AND the rise of its OWN Muslim population there.
The EU shows that even idiots can form an international organization. (Or did the UN prove that years ago?)
Muslims killing muslims?
I’m not seeing the downside here.
...the defending champion of the Upper Class Twit of the Year title (with apologies to Monty Python).
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