UN RIGHTS EXPERT URGES IRAN TO END DEATH PENALTY FOR MINORS
November 7, 2018:
The U.N. independent expert on human rights in Iran urged Tehran on 24 October 2018 to abolish the death penalty for juveniles. (Sources: voanews.com, 24/10/2018)
"I appeal to the Iranian authorities to abolish the practice of sentencing children to death, and to commute all death sentences issued against children in line with international law," Javaid Rehman, special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, told a General Assembly human rights committee.
Execution of juvenile convicts violates international law and contravenes the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Rehman said five individuals convicted of having committed murder as minors have been put to death this year in Iran.