Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Iranian teenager executed in Tehran

Iranian authorities on Tuesday hanged 19-year-old convicted murderer Hamid Reza Q, Agence France-Presse reported the same day. According to the article, authorities have not said what Reza’s age at the time of his offense was. It is only known that he was either 17 or 18-years-old when tried.

The Iranian judiciary insists that no one under eighteen is executed in Iran. However, there have been reports to the contrary both from domestic media and international human rights organizations. An Iranian media outlet reported last month that authorities hanged a 17-year-old boy convicted of murder in the western city of Sanandaj.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and rights groups have called on Iran to halt the scheduled execution of four more individuals whose crimes were committed while they were still technically minors. According to the article, it is widely feared that over a dozen other young offenders face the same punishment in other cities across Iran.

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