International Condemnation of Violation of Human Rights in Iran

International Condemnation of Violation of Human Rights in Iran

Published by on October 7, 2016

Confirmation of the prison sentence of Narges Mohammadi in Iran


Statements by the Spokesperson
Statement by the spokesperson on the confirmation of the prison sentence of Narges Mohammadi in Iran.
The recent Court verdict confirming the prison sentence of Narges Mohammadi sends a worrying signal about the human rights situation in the country. Freedom of expression and peaceful advocacy of human rights should be protected and not penalized. The EU reiterates its call on the Iranian authorities to respect its international human rights obligations.

Daily Press Briefing
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 30, 2016

MR TONER: I really want to get the flavour of it for you. No, just one second. I apologize. We’re deeply troubled by reports that Iranian courts have upheld the 16-year prison sentence of Iranian journalist and human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi. No one should be jailed for peaceful civic activism. We are further concerned about reports that Mohammadi’s health is rapidly deteriorating while in prison, and that she’s been cut off from communicating with her two young children. Given these circumstances, the imposition of this prison sentence is particularly harsh and unjustified, and we call on the Government of Iran to provide Mohammadi with adequate medical care and to release her on humanitarian grounds.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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