Four juveniles sentenced to death

Four juveniles sentenced to death

Published by on October 28, 2015

execution-300A 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.


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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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