According to the state-run ISNA news agency, Iran executed 9 people at the Evin prison in Tehran.
One of those executed was identified by ISNA as Babak , 23 years old, convicted of murder in January 2002.
Iran Human Rights website in Norway reported that “According to reliable sources, Babak Rahimi who was among those executed on October 17., at the Evin prison in Tehran, was 17 years old when he reportedly convicted the crime he was executed for. “
Another person who was reported by ISNA to have been executed was Hossein, convicted of murder of another man in 2004, who allegedly had tried to rape him. Hossein’s age was not mentioned in the report.
Following the report by ISNA , Iran Human Rights website also reported that:
“According to reliable sources, one of those executed on Wednesday October 17 in Tehran, was Hossein Gharabaghloo. In the news broadcasted by the state-run ISNA news agency he was just identified as “Hossein” and his age was not mentioned. It is now confirmed that Hossein Gharabaghloo was among those executed on Wednesday. Hossein Gharabaghloo was 16 when he reportedly stabbed another young man with the name Mahmoud to death during a fight on 1 December 2004 at a place near Tehran. He was sentenced to death in 2006.”
Babak Rahimi was not among SCE’s list of the children known to face execution in Iran, however Hossein Ghabaghloo was listed among the 81 children recorded to face execution.
The 2 recent child executions increases the number of children reported to have been executed in 2007 to 6:
Mohammad Mousavi, Male-16 (executed on April 22, 2007)
Saeed Kamberzai, Male-17 (executed on May 28, 2007)
Babak Rahimi, Male- 17 (executed on October 17, 2007)
Hossein Gharabaghloo – 16 (executed on October 17, 2007)
2 Afghan Boys executed in Iran (reported by BBC and Afghanistan Independent human rights commission )
All the child executions are pre-approved by Iran’s head of judiciary Ayatollah Shahrudi. Iran has been executing scores of youth in the past few month without reporting much information about them. It is anticipated that the some of the executed may have been less than 18 years old at the time of the alleged crime.
Stop Child Executions campaign warns the United Nations and all the governments and human rights organizations that unless the international community assumes a much stronger, unanimous and effective role in implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC with respect to its member countries, especially the Islamic regime of Iran, at the current rate of mass executions in Iran many more children will be facing executions in the coming months. Signed international conventions of child rights and similar treaties are meaningless if the United Nations member countries such as Iran are not held responsible to their obligations.
Stop Child Executions Campaign strongly condemns the Iranian regime’s cruel execution of the children and it’s wide violations of children’s human and legal rights.