Iranian mass execution is an affront to human dignity

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The European Union’s French presidency condemns the hanging of 29 Iranian men as an affront to human dignity.

30 July 2008

BRUSSELS - The European Union's French presidency on Tuesday condemned the hanging of 29 men recently in Iran as an "affront to human dignity".

"The European Union condemns in the strongest terms the 29 simultaneous executions," the French presidency said in a statement.

"It considers that the Iranian regime's action of staging these executions and making them the focus of media attention is an affront to human dignity," it added.

Iran on Sunday hanged 29 men convicted of offences including drug trafficking, murder and rape in the largest mass execution in years as the country says it is fighting increasing crime.

"The European Union is deeply concerned by the increasing recourse to the death penalty in Iran in recent months," the EU's French presidency said.

"It urges the Iranian authorities to put an end to death sentences and executions, to establish a moratorium with a view to abolishing the death penalty," it added.

Since the hangings on Sunday, two men convicted of murder in the central city of Isfahan were also hanged, bringing to at least 157 the number of executions in Iran this year, according to an AFP count.

[AFP / Expatica]

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