OFFICIAL STATEMENT 060
Spain condemns execution of Navid Afkari in Iran

​The Government of Spain condemns the execution in Iran of Navid Afkari, 27-year old athlete who had represented his country in many sporting competitions

15/09/2020

Spain is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. In this case, his execution has united many leading figures and international organisations that had called for clemency from the Iranian Government.

The Government of Spain calls on Iran to limit the use of the death penalty with a view to its abolition, as many other countries in the international community have done. Spain hopes that the reaction of rejection caused by the execution of Navid Afkari will reinforce the policy initiated by Iran in 2018, when a reform of the laws that punished drug trafficking drastically reduced the number of executions.

Spain offers its aid and its membership of the International Commission against the Death Penalty in assisting the Iranian authorities to strengthen human dignity by reducing and combatting the death penalty, while always respecting national sovereignty.

 

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