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Iran: Amputations

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 5 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are making representations to the Government of Iran concerning amputations inflicted on five prisoners in Zahedan and the hanging of 23 persons in 10 days in January. [HL1673]

We regularly raise concerns about human rights with the Iranian authorities, both bilaterally and through the EU.

On 22 January the EU presidency raised a number of human rights concerns in a meeting with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this meeting, the EU expressed deep concern about the 13 executions which took place on 2 January 2008 and the amputations that took place on 6 January 2008.

The EU reiterated its opposition to the death penalty under all circumstances and urged the Iranian Government to abolish the use of cruel and degrading punishments, such as amputations, and give effect to the moratorium on amputations which the Iranians announced in 2003.

We monitor the human rights situation in Iran closely and will continue to raise our concerns.