France utterly condemns today's executions of Mohammad Mehdi Karami, 22, and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, 39, who were sentenced to death after taking part in the demonstrations in Iran.
It reiterates its steadfast opposition to the death penalty, everywhere and in all circumstances, and its commitment to the worldwide abolition of this unjust and inhuman punishment.
These appalling executions add to the many other serious and unacceptable violations of basic rights and freedoms committed by the Iranian authorities. France has denounced them many times, in public and directly to the Iranian authorities, as well as with its partners in the European Union, which has adopted sanctions against the violent crackdown in Iran, carried out in breach of Iran's international commitments on human rights.
The execution of demonstrators cannot take the place of a response to the Iranian people's legitimate aspirations for freedom. The Minister said this to her Iranian counterpart on 20 December.
Together with its European Union partners, France calls on the Iranian authorities to halt these executions and heed the Iranian people's legitimate aspirations.