Iran

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received on the number of sentences of (a) execution and (b) amputation in Iran in each of the last five years; how many were carried out on persons under 18 years of age; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We have serious concerns about the use of the death penalty in Iran. We have made our concern clear to the Iranian authorities on many occasions. The latest figures from Amnesty International indicate that 108 people were executed in Iran in 2003. And that since 1990 11 juvenile offenders have been executed.

The Iranian authorities declared a "moratorium" on amputations in March 2003. We are concerned by reports that people continue to receive sentences of amputation but it is unclear whether any amputations have been carried out.

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