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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2018
E-004674-18
Question for written answer E-004674-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Robert Rochefort (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Execution of three Kurdish prisoners in Iran
 Answer in writing 

On 8 September 2018, Zaniar Moradi, Loghman Moradi and Ramin Hossein Panahi, three Iranian Kurds, were executed in Iran. They had been sentenced to death for belonging to a terrorist group and for belonging to a separatist terrorist group.

However, two UN independent experts, Agnes Callamard and Javaid Rehman(1), have reported that the accused had been subject to human rights violations prior to and during their trial, including isolation, torture, cruelty and denial of access to a lawyer or to medical treatment. During their trial, they stated that the judgment had been handed down on the basis of confessions obtained through torture.

In light of these reports confirming the challenging human rights situation in Iran, does the VP/HR:
1. Plan to publicly condemn these new executions?
2. Plan to adopt an official position regarding the worrying human rights developments in Iran?
3. Believe that the Union could encourage the Iranian authorities to respect their obligations under international law?

(1)https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23512&LangID=E

Original language of question: FR 
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