Responding to the situation in Iran, Seema Malhotra has said: “The killing of Alireza Akbari has shocked the international community, as did the death of Mahsa Amani while in custody, and the subsequent arrests, and deaths, of those who took to the streets in protest.

“The Iranian regime is using the death penalty as a tool of political repression against protestors seeking a better future. All of us who believe in fundamental freedoms that no one should be denied should be in solidarity with the protestors.

“The UK must stand unequivocally against the death penalty and do all it can to ensure death sentences are quashed in Iran.

“Courageous protesters in Iran need more than solidarity, they need action and support from the international community. The Government must set out further targeted sanctions so maximum pressure can be applied on the regime and those responsible for the execution of protesters.”

The Government’s response to the situation in Iran has been made as an oral statement in the House of Commons. The full debate will be available here.

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