Consultants urge Iran to halt imminent execution of juvenile offender

Mr. Shahbazi, now 20, was 17 when he was arrested for fatally stabbing a classmate throughout a combat involving 4 individuals.

He was scheduled to be executed on 5 January, which was quickly halted.

Uphold worldwide legislation

The specialists mentioned the court docket had relied partially on confessions reportedly obtained below torture and ailing therapy when Mr. Shahbazi was interrogated by police for 11 days.

Throughout this time, he was additionally denied entry to a lawyer and his household.

“We urge the Iranian authorities to instantly and completely halt the execution of Hossein Shahbazi and annul his loss of life sentence, consistent with worldwide human rights legislation,” the specialists mentioned in a press release.

They added that Mr. Shahbazi’s execution had been scheduled to happen 4 occasions, inflicting irreversible psychological ache and struggling to him and his household.

The UN specialists had beforehand raised issues in regards to the loss of life sentence and imminent execution with the Iranian authorities on 7 June 2021 and once more the next month.

The Authorities responded {that a} keep of execution had been granted to facilitate reconciliation for pardon.


“We underline once more that reconciliation efforts don’t exchange the Authorities’s obligation to ban such executions,” the specialists mentioned.

“Worldwide legislation unequivocally forbids the imposition of the loss of life penalty on individuals under 18 years of age. Iran should observe its worldwide obligations by imposing de jure and de facto moratorium (this could actually be moratoria, however because it’s a direct quote, they will take the grammatical rap) on the execution of juvenile offenders as soon as and for all.”

Greater than 85 juvenile offenders are at present on loss of life row in Iran, in response to the specialists.

Final November, the UN human rights workplace, OHCHR, condemned the execution of one other juvenile offender, Arman Abdolali, 25, who was accused of homicide when he was 17.

OHCHR additionally deplored that Mr. Abdolali had been transferred to solitary confinement six occasions forward of his scheduled execution, which was postponed every time earlier than he was hanged on 24 November 2021.

Function of UN specialists

The specialists who issued the assertion are Javaid Rehman, Particular Rapporteur on human rights scenario in Iran; Mikiko Otani, Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Baby; Morris Tidball-Binz, Particular Rapporteur on extrajudicial, abstract or arbitrary executions, and Nils Melzer, Particular Rapporteur on torture and different merciless, inhuman or degrading therapy or punishment.

They obtain their mandates from the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and are neither UN workers nor are they paid by the Group.

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