Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has spoken after reports that three men in Iran were made to stand on a bus before being hung from a bridge.
“I am horrified by the public execution of three men in Iran. Hanging from a bridge, in front of a crowd of onlookers, is shocking and barbaric. It contravenes international standards on the implementation of the death penalty, to which Iran has voluntarily signed up. I call on Iran to ensure that all punishments, including for the most serious crimes such as rape, are in line with these standards to prevent prolonged suffering and degradation. The UK condemns the death penalty in all circumstances.”