Mohammad Amin Valian

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th March 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the government of Iran for clemency for Mr Mohammad Amin Valian, who was sentenced to death after admitting throwing stones at security forces.

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The United Kingdom is extremely concerned by reports that twenty year-old Mohammad Amin Valian faces execution, having been charged with acting against the national security, propagating against the Islamic system and insulting prominent figures of the Islamic Republic.

On behalf of all EU member states, Spain as EU presidency in Tehran has sought an urgent meeting with the Iranian authorities to obtain more precise information on the imminent risk of execution of Mr Valian and any other individuals sentenced during the mass trials. As EU presidency, Spain has made clear our deep concern over the possible imminent executions, and reinstated the EU's firm opposition to the death penalty in all its forms.

These sentences undermine Iran's claimed commitment to justice, human rights and democratic values, and, alongside EU partners, we will continue to call for clemency on behalf of all individuals facing execution for the peaceful pursuit of their basic rights and freedoms.

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