Iran: We don’t execute Juveniles

#Iran/#Ahwaz:
Sure you don’t! U_U

A 15 year old #Afghan #juvenile offender identified as Jannat Mir was among the six Afghan citizens who were executed in the Dastgerd prison of #Isfahan in April. Jannat was convicted of drug-related charges and didn’t have access to lawyer (as usual).

#Iranian_authorities claim that juveniles are not executed in Iran and these stories are from terrorist groups whom are trying to defame the reputation of the country! WTF are you kidding me?! This is the seventh juvenile offender being #executed in Iran in 2014 after the hypocrite Rouhani’s famous speech about respecting Human Rights in Iran!!! Iran leads the world in executing juvenile offenders – at least 20 in 2008, and at least 10 so far in 2009 and more and more in 2010 till 2014.

The juvenile #death_penalty is prohibited in #international_law, and the prohibition is absolute. Both the Convention on the Rights of the Child (#CRC) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (#ICCPR) specifically prohibit #capital_punishment of persons under 18 at the time of the offense. These provisions reflect the reality that #children are different from #adults, and lack the experience, judgment, maturity, and restraint of an adult. Iran ratified the ICCPR in 1975 and the CRC in 1994.
Well, I’ll pretend that Rouhani is a responsible president who respects Human Rights and thus, I call on Iran to abolish the execution of persons who were under age 18 at the time of their offense. I hope he understands this.

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#Monitoring_Human_Rights_violations committed by the #Iranian_Government.

Mouaaz Al-Ajami

Beirut, Lebanon

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