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Six children were hanged in Iran this year


Iran’s judiciary has pledged to stop executing children after six were hanged this year alone.Iran is known to have executed at least 17 juvenile offenders since the beginning of 2004 – eight times more than any other country in the world.

No other country is believed to have imposed capital sentences on people under the age of 18 as frequently as Iran. These hangings, which are routinely carried out in public, have become far more common since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hardline government won power in 2005.

“An end to child executions in Iran is greatly welcome but long overdue,” said Kim Manning-Cooper of Amnesty International.

“Iran has a long history of executing juvenile offenders. It is the only country in the world to have executed a child offender this year. We now urge the authorities to follow up this announcement by implementing it as soon as possible, so that we can quickly see an end to the execution of juvenile offenders.”


October 17, 2008 - Posted by | Politics

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