November 17, 2022
Death penalty protest made to Iran
Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Aotearoa New Zealand has expressed deep concern to Iran at the death sentences imposed on four people in connection with anti-government protests.
She says as a democratic society founded on the Treaty of Waitangi, Aotearoa New Zealand defends freedom of speech and the right to protest – and it has long stood against the death penalty.
“The application of the death penalty, we’ve said that’s not something a country like New Zealand can support at all, ever,” Minister Mahuta says.