Monday, October 10, 2005

Iran's execution of children

http://web.amnesty.org/background/irn-090205-action-eng

Iran has executed at least seven child offenders in 2005, according to the international human rights organisation Amnesty International.

Amnesty International has recorded ten executions of child offenders in Iran since 1990, including Atefeh Rajabi, reportedly aged 16, who was hanged after a grossly unfair trial where doubts regarding her mental state appeared to have been ignored.

According to reports in November 2004, Vahid, aged 16, was sentenced to death for the murder of his friend, who allegedly tried to sexually abuse him.

Further press articles on 26 January 2005 reported that two other young men, Sattar (surname unknown), aged 17 and Mohammad T., a teenager whose sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court, are both currently awaiting execution.

According to a 15 January 2005 report on the internet news site ILNA, at least 30 other individuals under the age of 18, who have been sentenced to death, are currently detained in a juvenile detention centre (Kanoun-e Eslah va Tarbiyat) in Tehran and Raja’i Shahr, a town close to Tehran.


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