It was agreed, — That the Subcommittee adopt the following statement:
“The Subcommittee on International Human Rights strongly condemns Iran’s execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, following a flawed and unfair murder trial that violated international human rights standards. The death penalty was carried out despite serious procedural irregularities during the trial, including allegations that Ms. Jabbari’s confessions were obtained under duress and that the court failed to properly consider evidence in her defence. Throughout the proceedings, Ms. Jabbari maintained that she was acting in self-defence to protect herself from sexual assault. The Subcommittee extends its deepest condolences to Ms. Jabbari’s family.
The Subcommittee is concerned over the dramatic increase in executions carried out in Iran. The Subcommittee is also troubled by reports that Iran’s judicial system frequently disregards international fair trial guarantees. Moreover, the Subcommittee deplores the failure of the Iranian authorities to ensure that Iranian women are able to fully enjoy all of their human rights. The Subcommittee stresses that all Iranians must enjoy equal protection of the law, without discrimination.
The Subcommittee believes that due process and the rule of law are critical to ensuring human rights and dignity. Iran must take concrete action to comply with its international human rights obligations and for the voluntary human rights commitments that it has made. In particular, the Subcommittee calls on Iran to ensure that the death penalty is reserved for the most serious crimes, is never imposed for crimes committed by children under the age of 18 years, and is never again imposed arbitrarily.”