Suspension of Iran stoning case not enough: EU

BRUSSELS – The European Union presidency has said that Iran’s suspension of a stoning sentence against a woman convicted of adultery is not enough and demands it be completely overturned.

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Published: Thu 9 Sep 2010, 3:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:31 AM

Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere of Belgium, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, said on Thursday that Iran’s concession that the punishment against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani could be eased did not meet the human rights conditions the EU is insisting on.

He said the Belgian presidency would work hard “to achieve that the punishment will be unequivocally repealed.” This week, several European Union nations and the continent’s biggest human rights organization have criticized Iran for its plan to stone the 43-year-old mother of two even if Tehran has put the plan on hold for now.

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