Document confirms execution of teenagers in Iranian prisons

Document confirms execution of teenagers in Iranian prisons

Published by on March 2, 2017

A handwritten letter by Ayatollah Montazeri, the ousted heir to the mullahs’ first supreme leader, Khomeini, has recently been circulating on Iranian social networks in which Ayatollah Montazari complains about the execution of 13-14 children in prisons without due process of law.

According to this document, the regime’s Judiciary committed horrendous crimes against innocent and defenceless 13-14-year-old teenagers.

In his letter dated 27 September 1981, Mr Montazeri complains: “It is absolutely annoying and horrible that girls only 13 or 14 years of age are executed for their sharp answers without taking up arms or participating in any demonstrations.”

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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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