Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Iran must ban death penalty for juvenile offenders, human rights groups say

A group of human rights organizations on Tuesday urged Iran to ban executions of juvenile offenders, Human Rights Watch said in a press release the same day.

The coalition included Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Iran last week executed Hassan Mozafari and Rahman Shahidi, who were both under 18 when they committed their crimes.

As HRW notes, “Iran leads the world in executing persons for crimes committed under the age of 18. As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran is obligated to abolish such executions.”

The group adds: “The situation of juvenile offenders facing execution in Iran has reached crisis levels, making Iran’s violation of international standards much greater than any other country. There are at least 132 juvenile offenders known to be on death row in Iran, although the true number could be much higher.”

For the full release, click here.


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