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House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Iran regarding the number and circumstances of executions taking place in Iran.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Following the closure of our embassy in Tehran in 2011, we have had very limited contact with Iranian officials. However, the UK frequently condemns publicly, and in international fora, Iran's excessive use of the death penalty and the way in which it is applied. We supported an EU demarche last autumn raising our concerns about Iran's death penalty use.

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