Another juvenile offender is executed in Iran

Another juvenile offender is executed in Iran

Published by on January 31, 2018

Ali Kazemi, a 22-year-old prisoner, who was arrested when he was 15 years old, was hanged in the central prison of Bushehr (southern Iran), yesterday. His execution was scheduled and carried out without any notice to his lawyer, a requirement even under the Iranian regime’s primitive law.

Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, Magdalena Mughrabi said: “By carrying out this unlawful execution, Iran is effectively declaring that it wishes to maintain the country’s shameful status as one of the world’s leading executers of those who were children at the time of their crime”.

Earlier this month, the Iranian authorities had executed Amir Hossein Jafarpour, in Gohardasht Prison. He was 16 at the time of committing the alleged crime. Also on January 30, a young female prisoner was executed in Noshahr prison (northern Iran) after four years of imprisonment.

Two days earlier, on January 28, two prisoners were executed in the central prison of Orumieh. In the same prison, Hassan Bakoui was tormented to death for being deprived of medical treatment.

By continuing executions, especially the execution of juveniles and women, the Iranian regime is trying to intensify the atmosphere of fear and intimidation in order to confront the popular uprising of the people who are fed up with the rule of the mullahs in the ancient country.

ILA calls on the international community and human rights activists to strongly condemn these arbitrary executions and call on all Western government to link any dealing with Iranian regime to its human rights record. The world cannot stay silent once again and let another heinous massacre like the one in the summer of 1988 be repeated by the Iranian authorities. There are currently 8000 protesters detained in jails and every passing day they are suffering torture and intimidation and face possible execution. The world should not remain silent.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

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