Iran Focus: London, Jun. 04 – The European Union on Wednesday expressed its "deep concern" at the impending execution of an alleged juvenile offender in Iran.
London, Jun. 04 – The European Union on Wednesday expressed its "deep concern" at the impending execution of an alleged juvenile offender in Iran.
"The Presidency of the EU expresses its deep concern on news of the imminent execution of Mr Mohammad Fadaei who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was a minor", the EU said in a statement issued by Slovenia which currently holds the 27-nation bloc's rotating presidency.
Fadaei is scheduled to be executed on 11 June 2008.
“Two other juvenile offenders, Mr Behnood Shojaee and Mr Saeed Jazee, who were also convicted of crimes which took place when they were minors, have also been scheduled for execution on 11
June and 25 June 2008 respectively”, the EU said.
“The Presidency notes that these juvenile death sentences are in direct contravention of the Islamic Republic of Iran's international obligations and commitments, specifically as set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both clearly prohibiting the execution of minors or people who have been convicted of crimes committed when they were minors”, the statement added.
The EU called on Tehran to “comply with international law and to immediately halt the executions of Mr Mohammad Fadaei, Mr Behnood Shojaee, Mr Saeed Jazee and all other juvenile offenders on death row”.