Norway condemns arrests and executions in Iran

Jonas Gahr Støre. Photo © Berit Hessen.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Iranian Chargé d’Affaires in Norway today and expressed concern about the human rights situation in Iran.

“The Iranian authorities do not respect fundamental human rights. Norway protests against these politically motivated arrests and particularly against the detention of locally employed staff of the British Embassy in Tehran,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Norway condemns the arrests of members of the opposition, journalists, human rights defenders and peaceful protesters, and views the situation of the many Iranians who have been imprisoned in the aftermath of the election as cause for great concern.

“We urge the Iranian authorities to immediately put a stop to political arrests and release those who are being unlawfully detained,” said Mr Støre.

Norway also condemns the execution of 20 persons on 4 July. Norway is engaged in efforts to abolish capital punishment, both in international organisations and through active cooperation with human rights organisations and likeminded countries.

“We regularly raise the issue of capital punishment as a matter of principle with countries where it is practised,” the Foreign Minister said.

Norway has also expressed its concern about the situation of the Baha’i community in Iran, particularly about the imminent trial of seven Baha’i leaders who have been imprisoned for a year without due process.

“I call on the Iranian authorities to respect the freedom of religion and belief of all minorities in Iran,” said Mr Støre.


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