Iran regime executed young man for an offence committed when he was 15

Iran regime executed young man for an offence committed when he was 15

Published by on August 10, 2017

In the early morning hours of today, 10 August 2017, the regime ruling Iran executed Alireza Tajiki 6 years after he was imprisoned for an alleged offence he committed when he was only 15. The execution of juvenile offenders is a violation of international law for which the Iranian regime has no regard.

Alireza Tajiki was put in solitary confinement immediately after being arrested and he was tortured for confession. Various international human rights bodies had called on Iranian authorities to stop his execution but Iranian officials carried out the execution regardless.

In a report titled ‘Shameful execution of man arrested at 15’, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Magdalena Mughrabi condemned the execution and said: “By going ahead with this execution in defiance of their obligations under international law, and despite huge public and international opposition, the Iranian authorities have again cruelly demonstrated their complete disdain for children’s rights. This shameful act marks a critical turning point for Iran, and exposes the hollowness of the authorities’ claims to have a genuine juvenile justice system.” According to AI report Alireza’s trial “was grossly unfair and relied primarily on “confessions” which Alireza Tajiki had said were extracted through torture, including severe beatings, floggings and suspension by the arms and feet”.

Iranian regime has been accused of hypocrisy for the way it carries out execution of child offenders, keeping them in prison until they turn 18, making the 18th birthday a nightmare for the child, a devastating psychological torture added to the physical tortures until they are executed.

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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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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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