Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (11 August) on the execution of the young Iranian Alireza Tajiki:
I am deeply shocked that Alireza Tajiki was put to death by Iran despite the international protests. He was only 15 years old at the time of the crime he is accused of having committed. His execution violates international law and is completely unacceptable!
The German Government opposes the death penalty, whatever the circumstances. I urgently appeal to all those responsible in Iran to immediately suspend all death penalties and completely stop handing down such sentences to minors.