Iran rights group protests at hanging of minors
Agence France Presse
10-Nov-2008 (2 comments)

TEHRAN (AFP) — The rights group headed by Iran's Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi condemned on Monday the hanging of four youths who were minors at the time of their offences.  "Four minors who were under 18 at the time of committing the crimes have been hanged," the group said in a report on the status of human rights in Iran for three months to September.  The conservative judiciary maintains that minors are not executed, and Iran is a party to international conventions on child rights, whose signatories commit not to execute convicts who were under 18 at the time of an offence.  Ebadi's rights group report identified the four as Rahman Shahidi and Hassan Mozaffar, who were hanged in the southern port city of Bushehr, Reza Hejazi who was executed in the central city of Isfahan and Behnam Zaree, executed in the southern city of Shiraz.

News Goffer

uphill battle

by News Goffer on

Even when no one else objected to these executions or the systematic violation of children's human rights in Iran, Ebadi was an outspoken adversary of Iranian laws and she was doing it inside Iran, bringing grave danger to herself and her group members.  Though some of the young people on death row have been spared, their pardons were done on a case by case basis and never through legislative change.  Therefore it seems so little has changed over the years.  International organizations must continue to put pressure on IRI by demanding law changes in Iran. 



More pressure on Akhoonds

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International pressures on this regime work. Asha is on the edge to be free 



We have to ask more pressure for children rights. Countries which do care about their children have to do it universely. Akhoonds just understand the language of force... So they have to be put under pressure.