Iran: No more empty promises – no more child executions
Posted on February 17, 2005 by alexpool
For along time the Iranian government had stood by and said that it did not execute people under the age of 18.Since 1990, 11 child offenders have been executed. Currently there are at least 30 others awaiting execution. Iran is already a party to international conventions that prohibit child executions, and for the last three years Iranian authorities have been considering legislation that would prohibit the use of the death penalty for offences committed by persons under the age of 18. It is time for Iran to make good on its international promises and stop child executions.
You can help by sending appeals to:
Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
Islamic Republic of Iran
Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice
Islamic Republic of Iran
a suggested letter would be:
I am writing to you to express my concern about the continuing execution of child offenders in Iran.
I urge your government, as a State party to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), to:
- ensure that the Iranian government implements its commitment to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which states that "sentence of death shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below eighteen years of age”.
- abolish the death penalty as a sentence imposed on persons for having committed crimes before the age of 18, as required by article 37 (a) of the Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) which states that "No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age”.
- immediately commute the death sentences imposed on Ali, Vahid, Sattar, Mohammad T. and all those who were sentenced to death for acts that may have been committed below the age of 18, including at least 30 who are reported to be detained in a juvenile detention centre (Kanoun-e Eslah va Tarbiyat) in Tehran and Raja’i Shahr.
Topic : Children Posted By : alexpool Posted On : February 17, 2005
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