Iran executes young wrestler Navid AfkariPublished by Ali on September 15, 2020
International Liberty Association: “International Observatory Human Rights” on its News page has published a report of Navid Afkar’s execution. the following is part of the report. International Observatory Human Rights: “Over the weekend, Iran has demonstrated yet again its complete disregard for the law, justice and international standards of due process.”
On Saturday 12 September, Navid Afkari, a 27-year-old champion wrestler, was executed by hanging over the alleged murder of a security guard during a wave of anti-government protests in 2018 despite the global outcry and without any semblance of due process and a fair trial.
Valerie Peay, Director of the International Observatory of Human Rights, said:
“The Iranian regime has shown its desperation to suppress any form of dissent. From torture to the unjust and brutal execution of Navid Afkari this weekend, the world must hold the Iranian leadership to account for this despicable act of cowardice. When the life of an athlete is extinguished for standing up with his countrymen against injustice, what hope is there for humanity in Iran.”
In a statement, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said:
“The European Union is opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and cases with no exception. 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.”