Germany condemned Iran’s execution of juvenile

Germany condemned Iran’s execution of juvenile

Published by on February 2, 2018

German government’s human rights office called the execution of juvenile offender, Ali Kazemi, “unacceptable” and “violation of international treaties.”

Barbel Kofler, chair of Germany’s Human Rights Office, said “the policy of execution should be stopped” in Iran.

Ali Kazemi, who was accused of killing another person during a group fight when he was 15, served nearly 7 years in prison before he was executed at the age of 22 on 30 January 2018, in Bushehr.

Barbel Kofler has also called on the Iranian regime to stop the execution of another 27-year-old, Hamid Ahmadi, who has been sentenced to death for a crime he is alleged to have committed when he was 17. Ms Kofler has emphasised that there is “serious doubts” about compliance with the law in Hamid Ahmadi’s trial.

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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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