Islamic Republic (Iran) executes juvenile
offender, rights group says
Tue Nov 4, 2008 3:56pm EST
Islamic Republic (Iran) has executed a man for a murder he committed as a minor,
Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.
The New York-based group said an Afghan identified as Gholamreza H. was hanged
on Oct. 30. He was 19 when the execution was carried out but had been convicted
for a murder committed on Nov. 20, 2006, when he was 17.
Human rights groups have criticised Islamic Republic (Iran) for sentencing
minors to death. Iran says it only carries out the death penalty when a prisoner
reaches the age of 18.
"It is tragic that Iran is continuing to kill juvenile offenders," Clarisa
Bencomo, Middle East children's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in
"Iran (Islamic Republic) urgently needs to end its isolated position and abolish
In Tehran, an Iranian judiciary official said he was not aware of the case when
asked about it at a news conference.
Rights groups had praised Iran when it seemed to have ended the practice in
October. But a judiciary official later clarified Iran's position, saying
juvenile offenders could still face execution for murder but not for other
Iran (Islamic Republic) regularly rejects accusations of human rights abuses,
saying it is following Islamic sharia and accusing Western governments of double
Since January 2005, Iran (Islamic Republic of Ayatollahs) has been responsible
for 26 of 32 known executions of juveniles worldwide, Human Rights Watch said.
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Islamic Republic (Iran) continues to execute
juveniles - HRW
Tuesday, 04 November 2008
Islamic Republic (Iran( has hanged a 19-year-old offender just days after the
Islamic Republic "categorically denied" it still executes juveniles, Human
Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.
The US-based group said the execution took place on Oct. 30, bringing the total
number of juveniles executed since the beginning of 2008 to seven.
The offender, an Afghan national, was 17 when he was convicted of murder and
sentenced to death on Nov. 20, 2006.
"It is tragic that Iran (Islamic Republic) is continuing to kill juvenile
offenders," Clarisa Bencomo, Middle East children's rights researcher at HRW,
said in a statement.
"Iran urgently needs to end its isolated position and abolish these executions."
Iran (Islamic Republic) is the only country to have executed juvenile offenders
so far this year, HRW said.
It said Iran (Islamic Republic) accounted for more than 80 percent (27 of 33) of
such executions during the past three and a half years.
At least 130 juvenile offenders are currently on death row in Iran, it added.
Iranian officials on Oct. 29 denied executing juvenile offenders in a statement
at the United Nations during discussions of the UN secretary-general's reports
on the death penalty and on Iranian human rights abuses.
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