Four juveniles sentenced to deathPublished by International Liberty on October 28, 2015
A report obtained from Sanandaj Prison, in the provincial capital of Iranian Kurdistan, western Iran, shows that four prisoners who were detained while under the age of 18 have been sentenced to death.
According to this report, the prisoners are:
Youssef Mohammadi, 20. Arrested at age: 14
Himan Ourami-nejad, 18. Arrested at age: 17
Amanj Hosseini. Arrested at age: 17
Siavosh Mahmoudi, 20. Arrested at age: 17. He has said he committed a murder in self-defense against rape.
Two weeks ago the Iranian regime hanged Fatemeh Salbehi, 23, and Samad Zahabi, who were both 17 at the time of their alleged crime.
The UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Cristof Heyns, described these two executions as “unlawful killings committed by the State, the equivalent of murders performed by individuals.”
In his report to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that “there were reportedly 160 juveniles at risk of execution and at least 13 juvenile offenders were reportedly executed in 2014” in Iran.
Implementation of these sentences by the Iranian regime violates Iran’s commitments in the framework the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibit the death penalty for anyone under the age of 18.