Written question on death penalty cases in Iran


Marietje Schaake sent the following question to HR/VP Federica Mogherini today.

According to Amnesty International Iran has executed a child offender for the first time this year. Amnesty found that Hassan Afshar, 19, was hanged in Arak’s Prison in Markazi Province on 18 July. 160 child offenders remain on death row in Iran. International law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Iran is a state party, absolutely prohibits the use of death penalty for crimes committed when the defendant was below 18 years of age. Iran has executed at least 230 prisoners this year, including 20 Sunni prisoners at Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison on Tuesday August 2. In 2015, the Islamic Republic of Iran reportedly executed at least 977 persons.
1.    How is the VP/HR planning to raise the issue of the death penalty of child offenders with the Iranian authorities - now and in the future?

2.    Have EU officials raised the issue of the death penalty in general during their expert visit to Teheran in July 2016?

3.    Has the EU at all intervened in any individual death penalty cases with the Iranian authorities in 2016?