On Wednesday, as reported by the National Council of the Resistance Iran (NCRI), the International Business Times IBT wrote in acknowledgment of the Iranian regime’s “alarmingly high” rate of juvenile executions.
The points have been shared with IBT by Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, Iran’s main opposition group. ‘Iran’s regime’ Mr. Gobadi said ‘has executed more than 70 juvenile offenders in the past decade’. The figure comes from several reports by the human rights group Amnesty International this year, which was ‘showing the number of juveniles on death row was increasing.’
Under the mullahs’ rule the regime is the ‘world record holder’ on the execution of juveniles, even though Iran is signed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in which article 37a states that capital punishment is prohibited for persons below 18 years of age. However, the Islamic Penal Code permits the death penalty for juveniles under certain circumstances.
Skirting around international conventions and laws ‘the regime’s current gambit is to sentence the juveniles to execution, keep them in prison until they’re 18, and then execute them.’ The deputy director Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme says this is a ‘blatant violation of the absolute legal prohibition on the use of the death penalty against people under the age of 18 years at the time of the crime.’
On the Iranian regime’s President Rouhani, ‘some [of who] try to prop up as a moderate’, since assuming office in 2013 ‘the pace of executions has increased dramatically, and that includes the execution of juveniles and women.’ Under Rouhani’s tenure at least 2214 people have been hanged.
This underlines ‘an alleged rise in executions, [of which] there has been a social media backlash at home against the use of capital punishment against minors.’ Today 14 executions are reported to have been carried out, happening in parallel to a state visit as Italian Prime Minister Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Ms. Federica Mogherini visit Tehran to talk on trade deals.
On Monday the European Union extended sanctions against 82 officials of the Iranian regime until April 2017 over “serious human rights violations” in their country. Meaning that the 28-nation bloc has frozen assets and placed travel bans against the Iranian officials since 2011 because of human rights violations in Iran.