Finnish FM (Jussi Soini) letter of support to ICAE activist Bojana Stanisic re: Iran

August 30, 2010

Ashtiani/stoning posts

Letter of support from the Finish Foreign Minister JUSSI SOINI to International Committee Against Execution activist Bojana Stanisic follows in it’s entirety. FM Soini brings up the fact that Iran is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which mandates the right to a just and fair trial and prohibits torture and cruel and inhumane punishment. And what is Iran doing on the UN Commission on the Status of Women?

UK FM denounces stoning – Turkish FM does not

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Posted on August 30, 2010 by enghelaboandishe

Dear Bojana Stanisic,

Finland, as a part of the European Union, is following closely the developments of the human rights situation in Iran.

We are aware of Ms. Ashtiani’s case and are keeping watch on her situation.

Iran is a State Party to …the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This Covenant includes e. g. right to a just and fair trial, which is also contained in the Constitution of Iran. The Covenant also prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, has recently voiced EU’s profound concern on Iran’s increasing use of the death penalty and discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities and women.

The EU has repeatedly demanded Iran to comply with its international and national human rights obligations. Finland and other EU countries have summoned the Ambassadors of Iran several times in regard to the human rights situation in Iran. We also continue to support efforts to improve the human rights situation in Iran.

Sincerely,
Jussi Soini
Regional Manager
Unit for the Middle East and North Africa
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
jussi.soini@formin.fi

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