Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 6 /Trend/
The European Union is set next week to consider blacklisting more Iranian individuals because of serious human rights violations, Reuters quoted sources familiar with the situation as saying on Wednesday.
The EU's foreign affairs council was likely on Monday to add 29 people to the list of 32 Iranians targeted by asset freezes and visa bans, an EU official said.
The official said the EU was increasingly worried about use of the death penalty in Iran, including against minors.
The 29 Iranians will be added to a list of 32 people that EU governments imposed punitive measures on in April.
The U.S. State Department has said that Iran executed about 312 people in 2010, many after trials conducted in secret. In many cases people who were executed for supposedly criminal offences were actually political dissidents, the department said in a report.
EU sanctions focus mostly on economic and trade measures aiming to force Iran to slow its nuclear program, which Tehran says serves peaceful purposes but Western powers worry aims to produce weapons.
In early 2011, UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon said that the human rights situation in Iran has deteriorated since December 2010. Repressions against human rights defenders, women's rights activists, journalists and opposition representatives have been strengthened.
There was a sharp rise in the rate of executions in Iran in December 2010 and January 2011, with at least 86 people executed in January alone. The rate fell significantly in February 2011, after international condemnation of the rise, but has risen again since the beginning of the Iranian calendar year in early April.
Iran is one of the only countries that still imposes the death penalty on juvenile offenders - those convicted of an alleged crime committed before they were 18 - and was the only country known to have executed a juvenile offender in 2010. Executions of juvenile offenders are strictly prohibited under international law.
Edited by T.Konyayeva.