EU condemns execution of Iranian wrestler

The European Union has condemned the execution of wrestler Navid Afkari by the regime in Tehran 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.”

Afkari was executed in Iran on 12 September 2020, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out.

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