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UN rights chief condemns Iranian execution of child offender


U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has strongly condemned the Iranian execution of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee on January 31, the country’s fourth confirmed execution of a child offender in 2020. 

Rezaiee was 16 when he was arrested in 2007 for alleged involvement in the fatal stabbing of a man during a group fight.  The high commissioner’s spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, tells VOA Rezaiee was detained while in the hospital for injuries from the fight and reportedly was coerced into confessing.

“There are credible allegations that he was in fact beaten up.  He was beaten with batons, with fists.  He was kicked," Shamdasani said. "He was forced into confessing the crime and he was also denied access to medical care for his injuries.  He was then held in solitary confinement, without access to his family, without access to a lawyer and, you know, repeatedly taken for interrogations.”