There are some countries in the world that have abolished or
abandoned the death penalty, yet Iran is one of the leading countries when it
comes to carrying out executions.
Iran occupies second place in the world after China for countries with the most executions, but China has a population 17 times that of Iran.
The mullahs issue death sentences against their political opponents, as well as against ethnic and religious minorities in Iran; even women and children are not immune to the regime’s thirst for blood.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) has monitored the number of persons executed in the country, with at least 3,602 cases being documented since President Hassan Rouhani took power in 2013. More than 1,737 people are currently on death row in Iranian prisons.
Just since the beginning of 2018, the number of executions carried out by the regime of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has reached 223. In that time, there have been five judgments carried out against juveniles under 18 years of age, three against women and 10 against political detainees.
Death sentences in Iran are not a form of punishment but a means to hold onto power in the face of a disgruntled and angry populace, evidenced by the regime’s recent death threats against strikers upset at the worsening economic situation in the country. Iran’s Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri has said that the truck drivers on strike will be executed on charges of blocking the road in accordance with the law.
Children on death row
Although Iran signed the International Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, which prohibits the execution of children under the age of 18, the mullah regime does not abide by it.
Some 85 young people under the age of 18 have been arrested and are awaiting execution.
Children, unlike adults, are not punished for committing crimes. They have special provisions that take into consideration their childhood and their lack of awareness in accordance with the Child Protection Act. However, the Iranian judiciary circumvents those laws and international conventions that prohibit the execution of children.
In 2013, Iran added an amendment to its penal code that allowed for “judges to issue alternative verdicts for minors” and the regime promised the UN that the amendment would be routine in all children's cases. However, five young people who were detained prior to reaching 18 have been executed since the beginning of this year, and “35 juvenile offenders have been hanged in Iranian prisons” since the amendment was added five years ago.
Amir Hossein Pourjafar, Ali Kazemi, Mahboubeh Mofidi, Abolfazl Chezani Sharahi and Zeinab Sekanvand are the names of the five youth executed by Iran’s mullahs; may they be the last.