After China, Iran has the highest execution rate in the world. So far this year, more than 200 people have been executed in Iran, the majority of whom were charged with drug-related offences.
A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has condemned the execution of a teenager carried out yesterday by Iranian authorities, and called once again for an immediate halt to the countryâ€™s use of the death penalty.
Alireza Molla Soltani, 17, was publicly executed by hanging last week. He was reportedly sentenced to death last month for stabbing a popular athlete to death in mid-July, which he said was done in self-defence.
â€śWe are outraged at the execution practice in Iran despite the international communityâ€™s and our repeated calls for a moratorium,â€ť the experts â€“ on human rights in Iran, on summary executions, on the independence of the judiciary, and on torture â€“ said in a news release.Â â€śAny judgment imposing the death penalty upon juveniles below the age of 18, and their execution, are incompatible with Iranâ€™s international obligations,â€ť they stressed.
Sadly, it comes as no surprise to most people that Iran is executing minors. After all, this is the same despotic regime that has been systematically clamping down on its citizens human rights, their freedom of speech, denies the Holocaust, claims that 9/11 was a US-Israeli conspiracy and now potentially threatens the lives
of untold millions with nuclear weapons. When you weigh all that up, whatâ€™s the life of a 17-year-old kid worth, right, President Ahmadinejad?