7 boys under-18 executed in Iran since January: Amnesty    Thu. 25 Aug 2005


Iran Focus

London, Aug. 25 - The human rights organisation Amnesty International expressed concern on Thursday at the imminent execution of two minors in Iran, who have been sentenced to death by hanging.

The group said that
Iran had already executed seven children this year and called on the Islamic Republic to abide by its international commitments.

Iran has executed at least seven child offenders in 2005”, Amnesty International said in a statement.

A seventeen-year-old musician in
Iran is facing imminent execution in public after his death sentence was upheld by Iran’s clergy-dominated Supreme Court. The teenage boy, identified by his first name Sina, was found guilty of murdering a man after a dispute over cannabis last October, according to the state-run daily Etemaad.

Separately, the Supreme Court also gave the green light for the hanging of a 16-year-old schoolboy in
Tehran. The boy, identified only by his first name Mostafa, was convicted of killing a man in a scuffle that began when the boy tried to save a girl who was being harassed by the drunken man.

Mostafa, who had no criminal record, told the Islamic judge that when he saw the drunken man insult and harass a young girl near his home in Tehran Pars district, he intervened and tried to save the girl, but the foul-mouthed man began to beat him. In the brawl that followed, Mostafa killed the man.

“Most recently, Kayhan newspaper reported that a 17-year-old was among four men under the age of 23, named only as A.P., B.K., H.K. and H.J., who were executed on 23 August in Bandar Abbas, southern
Iran”, Amnesty said in its statement.

"Iran's defiance of the international ban on executing child offenders is a growing concern and calls into question Iran's willingness to abide by international human rights standards”, Amnesty International’s UK Director Kate Allen said.