Experts urge Iran to stop imminent executions of juvenile offenders – global issue

Shahbaz, 20, was arrested at the age of 17 for stabbing a classmate to death in a fight involving four people.

He was scheduled to be executed on 5 January, but was temporarily suspended.

uphold international law

When Mr Shabazi was interrogated by police for 11 days, the court relied in part on confessions allegedly obtained under torture and ill-treatment, experts said.

During this time, he was also denied access to lawyers and his family.

“We urge the Iranian authorities to immediately and permanently halt the execution of Hussein Shahbazi and revoke his death sentence in accordance with international human rights law,” experts in a statement.

They added that Mr Shahbazi was scheduled to be executed four times, causing irreversible psychological pain and suffering to him and his family.

UN experts have previously raised concerns about the death sentence and imminent executions with Iranian authorities again on June 7, 2021 and next month.

The Government replied that a moratorium on executions had been granted to facilitate reconciliation for pardon.


“We again stress that reconciliation efforts do not replace the government’s obligation to prohibit such executions,” the experts said.

“International law expressly prohibits the death penalty for those under the age of 18. Iran must comply with its international obligations to execute juvenile offenders once and for all, with a de jure and de facto moratorium (which really should be moratorium, but since it is a direct quote, they can accept a grammatical rap) .”

According to experts, more than 85 juveniles are currently on death row in Iran.

In November last year, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, condemned the execution of another juvenile offender, 25-year-old Oman Abdullah, who was charged with murder at the age of 17.

OHCHR also regrets that Mr. Abdullah was transferred to solitary confinement six times before his scheduled execution, each of which was delayed until his hanging on 24 November 2021.

The role of UN experts

The experts making the statement were Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran; Mikiko Otani, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child; Maurice Tidbauer-Binz, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executionsand Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

They are authorized from the United Nations Human Rights Council In Geneva, they are neither United Nations staff nor the Organization’s salaries.