Iran to stop executing children
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The announcement was made by Hossein Zabhi, the Iranian assistant Attorney General for Judicial Affairs, who issued directions for judges, saying that they should no longer issue the death penalty for minors.
The announcement was also broadcast by the Iranian state-run news agency.
Human Rights Campaigners welcomed the move. They say that the Convention on the Rights of the Child bans child executions. The convention states that all governments must recognize that "every child has the inherent right to life."
Although welcoming the move, Amnesty International stated that "the Iranian authorities should release the text of the directive and make clear that they intend to uphold their international human rights obligations by including cases of those convicted of murder in this ban." The human rights group said that it did not know if the ban on executions extended to murder cases.
- Jon Leyne. "Iran 'to stop executing youths'" — , October 18, 2008
- Press Release: "Iran to end child executions" — , October 17, 2008
- "Convention on the Rights of the Child" — , November 20, 1989