daughter Delara is accused of a crime that she did not commit… Help me and help
us until justice is properly served. There are no signs of humanity and justice
in here." - father of
Delara Darabi who is awaiting execution in
International is calling on
In the report, Iran: The last executioner of children, Amnesty International lists the names of the 71 child offenders known to be facing the death penalty, but notes that the total number could be much higher as many death penalty cases in Iran are believed to go unreported. Of the 24 child offenders recorded as having been executed since 1990, 11 were still under the age of 18 at the time of their execution while the others were either kept on death row until they had reached 18 or were convicted and sentenced after reaching that age.
Iranian authorities deny that they execute children but so far this year we have
already recorded two executions of child offenders," said Malcolm Smart.
"Mohammad Mousavi, aged 19, was executed in April for a crime committed when he
was 16, and Sa'id Qanbar Zahi, hanged on 27 May 2007 at Zahedan prison, was only
17 when he was sentenced to death with six other members of
execution of Atefeh Rajabi Sahaaleh, sentenced for "crimes against chastity" and
hanged at the age of 16 on August 2004, is one of seven cases highlighted by the
report. A day after her execution, a judiciary official told a newspaper that
she was 22 years old. Rajabi's case highlights the failure of the Iranian
judicial system to protect children and provides further evidence that some
child offenders are executed in
executions of child offenders are few compared to the total number of executions
Some members of the government and the judiciary are also believed to favour at least reducing, if not abolishing, the death penalty for child offenders, but progress is painfully slow. For example, a draft law proposed by the judiciary in 2001 could pave the way for the abolition of the death sentence for minors or at least result in a reduction in the number of offences for which child offenders could be sentenced to death, but the draft law is still under consideration by the political and judicial authorities.
horror of child executions and the wider problem of the death penalty in Iran,
there are some positive signs, particularly, the emergence of a growing movement
in favour of the abolition of the death penalty for child offenders. This is
being led by a courageous band of human rights defenders and activists within
"Amnesty International opposes the death penalty unreservedly for anyone, regardless of their age and regardless of the nature of the crime or the character of the condemned," said Malcolm Smart. "Every execution is an affront to human dignity - a human rights violation of premeditated cruelty that denies the right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
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