Monday, July 25, 2005

Rights group censures Iran for execution of minors

The human rights group Amnesty International today urged the Iranian government to put a halt to the execution of minors and individuals sentenced to death for crimes they committed as children.

The international rights group pointed to the execution of three such youths in the Islamic Republic in the past week despite the country being a signatory to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which stipulate that individuals who committed offences while below the age of 18 should be spared from the death penalty.

In its statement, Amnesty International said, “So far this year, Iran has executed at least four persons for crimes committed when they were children including one who is still a child. Amnesty International has recorded 42 executions so far in 2005, but the true number could well be higher”.

“On 19 July 2005, an 18-year-old, identified only as A. M. and a minor, Mahmoud A, were publicly hanged in the north-eastern city of Mashhad. According to reports, they were convicted of sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy and had been detained 14 months ago. Prior to their execution, the two were also given 228 lashes each for drinking, disturbing the peace and theft”, Amnesty International stated.


Anonymous said...

International sanction against Iran should be for the human right violation of minority such as Iranian Kurds, The EU3 and UN have been supporting this murderers for too Long. This man killed Dr Ghasemlu the head of Iran Kurdish Democratic Party. he should be hanged for his crime.

Sardar K.

Sat Aug 13, 01:46:00 AM +00:00  

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