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Declaration of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Czech Republic on the death sentences in Iran in connection with post-election unrests and growing opposition movement


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic condemns political processes and executions of opponents of the regime in Iran.

Two Iranian citizens, Mohammadrezá Alí-Zamání (aged 37) and Áras Rahmánípur (19), sentenced to death for "conspiracy against the state authority and membership in an armed subversive group," were executed by hanging on 28 January 2010. At least nine other Iranian citizens have been sentenced to death and are currently awaiting confirmation of the sentence by the appeal court. It seems most likely that these events are related to the current ongoing demonstrations against the regime in the country.

The Czech Republic and the European Union continuously point out serious flaws in Iranian judicial processes. The right to fair trial is enshrined both in international covenants, that Iran has undertaken to respect, as well as in Iranian national legislation. Applying death penalty in cases where the right to fair trial is not guaranteed is particularly condemnable.

The Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Czech Republic calls on the Iranian authorities to refrain from violent crackdown against peaceful protestors and to guarantee the right to fair trial, particularly in the light of the imminent confirmation of death sentences against other persons accused in connection with the ongoing political unrest. The MFA calls on the Iranian government to meet recommendations, which the international community repetitively addressed to Iran in resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly.