Ramin Hossein Panahi

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Rosie Duffield Rosie Duffield Labour, Canterbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the death sentence imposed on Ramin Hossein Panahi.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The British Government is firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances and in every country, including Iran, especially in cases which do not meet the minimum standards defined by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We have made this clear to Iran, both in public and in private. Most recently, I discussed human rights including the use of the death penalty when I met with my Iranian counterpart, Abbas Araghchi in Tehran on 1 September.

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