kurdistan24 – Germany on Wednesday criticized the Iranian government’s execution policy accusing Tehran of “unacceptable” violations of international law.
The German government’s human rights commissioner, Bäerbel Kofler, condemned Iran’s reported execution of 22-year-old Ali Kazemi on Monday.
Kofler said the man, who was 15-years-old when he committed his crime, did not receive a fair trial, adding Kazemi’s attorney had not even been informed of the death sentence, Reuters reported.
Kazemi was arrested in 2011 after he was accused of killing a person during a brawl involving many other people.
The human rights commissioner also called on Iran to stop its planned execution of another man, 27-year-old Hamid Ahmadi, who was 17 when he committed his crime.
“This policy of executions must stop,” Kofler said in a statement, adding there were “significant doubts” about whether Ahmadi was given a fair trial.
“The executions were in direct violation of UN conventions on the rights of children and international treaties on civil and political rights signed by Iran,” she noted.
Germany and Iran share good relations as Berlin remains committed to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. However, the German government has regularly voiced its concern regarding Iran’s repeated violations of human rights and support for violence in the region.
Meanwhile, Iran plans to execute 24-year-old Kurdish activist Ramin Hossein Panahi who was accused of being a member of a Kurdish opposition party.
Panahi, who was handed the death penalty by an Iranian court in Sanandaj (Sina), Kurdistan Province on Jan. 15 for “acting against national security,” has been on a hunger strike since last week, according to his family.
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Tehran has received criticism from several countries and humanitarian organizations, including Amnesty International, who accuse the country of committing human rights violations.
“Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception,” the organization said regarding Panahi’s case.