Britain, France and Germany on Thursday strongly condemned Iran’s first known execution over the protests that have shaken the regime since September.
“This execution comes on top of other serious and unacceptable violations,” French foreign ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters, condemning in the “strongest terms” the execution earlier in the day by Iran of Mohsen Shekari, 23.
“The Iranian regime’s contempt for human life is boundless,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock tweeted after the hanging of Shekari following what she called a “perfidious summary trial.”
She added: “But the threat of execution will not suffocate the will for freedom.”
UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said he was “outraged” by Iran’s first known execution since protests rocked the country.
“The world cannot turn a blind eye to the abhorrent violence committed by the Iranian regime against its own people,” he tweeted.
Outraged by the tragic news of the first execution of a protestor in Iran.
The world cannot turn a blind eye to the abhorrent violence committed by the Iranian regime against its own people.
The UK is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.
— James Cleverly🇬🇧 (@JamesCleverly) December 8, 2022
“The UK is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances,” he added.