By Melanie Swan
The annual report of Human Rights Activists in Iran, released Monday, states that a total of 299 executions took place in 2021, 4 being under the age of 18 at the time of execution.
The group said that judicial authorities did not publicly announce more than 82 per cent of executions.
According to Iran’s Islamic law, in cases of murder and certain other capital crimes boys over 15 and girls over nine may be held as culpable as adults and, therefore, punished with the death penalty. International law bans capital punishment for crimes committed before the age of 18. Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and former UN representative at the UN, recently has said that the death penalty for minors was neither illegal nor against any of Iran’s international commitments.
He made the remarks in November in reaction to a statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for UN Human Rights who spoke of the “deep flaws of the juvenile justice system in the Islamic Republic of Iran” following the execution of Arman Abdolali, who was convicted of a murder committed when he was 17 and executed at dawn on November 24.