Delara Darabi

Outrage at execution of child offender

Amnesty International has expressed outrage at the execution in Iran this morning of Delara Darabi, a child offender executed despite an international ban on capital punishment of those convicted of crimes committed when under the age of 18.

Delara Darabi was hanged in Rasht Central Prison earlier today, becoming the second person to be executed in Iran this year after being convicted of a crime she was alleged to have committed while still under 18. Ms Darabi was executed despite her having been given a two-month stay of execution by the Head of the Judiciary on 19 April.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Programme Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said:

'Amnesty International is outraged at the execution of Delara Darabi, and particularly at the news that her lawyer was not informed about the execution, despite the legal requirement that he should receive 48 hours' notice.

'This appears to have been a cynical move on the part of the authorities to avoid domestic and international protests which might have saved Delara Darabi's life.

"This indicates that even decisions by the Head of the Judiciary carry no weight and are disregarded in the provinces.'>>>


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To "Fish Here"

by Parham on

Okay, I'll make it simple and as short as I can so you can at least "see" my point of view.

A month ago, a blogger named Omid-Reza Mir-Sayyafi died in Evin prison because of a few lines he had written in his blog, saying he felt ashamed to live in a country where the current rulers were ruling, etc.
There was a piece posted here by Jahanshah that received --at best-- lukewarm reaction.

Delara Darabi had confessed to a murder she said she had committed while still below 18 years of age and thus a minor, and then later retracted her confession. At best, she was an accessory to murder according to her own account.
The whole point is why is the Islamic Republic hanging someone who may have committed a murder when below 18 years of age, when the same Islamic Republic has signed an international document agreeing not to inflict death to people who may have committed crimes that normally have the death penalty applicable to them if committed after 18.
Some also think the death penalty is wrong altogether, and that's why they're voicing their criticism.
Please also note that the case of Delara Darabi had attracted international attention, while Mir-Sayyafi's case hadn't.

Anyway... Fine. Do please voice your opinion, criticism, tears, whatever you wish. I also think that sort of judicial handling is a farce, but what else is new? And by the way, I am also against the death penalty...

BUT, this is the point: How come the case of Delara Darabi, a juvenile criminal, but a convicted criminal nevertheless, is getting so much attention in the reply area of this article on iranian.com, but the cases of people such as Mir-Sayyafi didn't? How come people now come up with poems and want to send condolences to her family (while actually the whole crime took source in the family interactions -- meaning they haven't even bothered to read enough about the case), while none of these same people were around for Mir-Sayyafi and in fact so many other people gone done the drains of history with not much attention paid to them?

If you wish for me to actually outline the point behind all this now, please say so!

rosie is roxy is roshan


by rosie is roxy is roshan on

do you mean individual condolence letters or a collective one from the i.c. community, or perhaps both? This is very important for me to know, not of course as a representative of SCE, which I'm not,, but as me. There are certain considerations here...you should ask SCE about it on their blogs, of course, but I'd really like to know too. r. 


Amnesty International has

by Shivan (not verified) on

Amnesty International has expressed outrage at the execution in Iran this morning of Delara Darabi, a child offender executed .......Please join us on Wednesday 6 May to lay flowers in Delara Darabi's memory

Fish Here

A travesty

by Fish Here on

...but only one among thousands of others.  Two years ago when they were supposedly dealing with "araazel o obaash" in Tehran, they included a university student who was a dissident and executed him along with others.  They executed a young journalist in Kurdestan, alleging that he had raped young boys which he hadn't. The Iranian justice system is a joke.


P.S.  I read these last few comments and couldn't figure out what's going on here? Parham, what are you saying? Who is the target of your criticism?



by Anonymous on

مجید جان، شما کمی‌ استراحت لازم دارید. نمیدونم منظورتون کیا هستند، ولی‌ بیشتر بلاگ نویس‌های این سایت نظر دادند. به نظر شخصیه بنده، شما عصبانی‌ هستید و بی‌ انصافی می‌کنید. در واقع، هیچ کدوم از ما هیچ قدرتی‌ نداره که جون دلارا‌ها رو نجات بده. حالا شما می‌خواهید شلوغ کنید، گردنه هم دیگه بندازید؟ خوب بفرمائید. ولی‌ هدف چیه؟



by jamshid on

Is there any way we could send a condolence letter to Delara's family to express our sympathy and support?

Delara is survived by both her parents who must be feeling devastated in these very moments. It is the least of what remains that we can do for Delara.


My sincere condolences to

by jamshid on

My sincere condolences to the family of Delara. I am so saddened and disappointed. But even more, I am angry and disgusted.

We must learn from this sad event and be prepared for the next time the IRI "suspends" an execution, as it is clear now that it means nothing, and that we must continue to press on with the same vigilance as if there was no suspension.

Delara is not the last person or juvenile to be exectued by the IRI. The best and the only moral thing we can do today is to be prepared and to be available the next time that SCE or other human rights activists call on us for help. We must remember this.

I can only imagine how Delara's father and mother are feeling today. I wish I could be there to support them.

I pray that those responsible for Delara's execution will one day be brought to justice.



by Parham on

حتماً منظور زمان محمد خاتمیه٫٫٫


حالا عیب نداره




گذشته ها گذشته..........بیاین یک معانقه با جمهوری اسلامی بکنیم و صلوات بر محمّد و آل محمّد و ......آشتی کنیم بابا.
چیز زیاد مهمی نبود که بخاطرش کدورت پیش بیاد، این اولین مورد نبوده و آخرینش هم نیست، جمهوری اسلامی از این بچه مچّه ها توی لیست اعدام کم نداره، عوضش قول میدن که دفعه دیگه متهمین مثل «زهرا کاظمی» خودشون داوطلبانه سرشون رو محکم بکوبن به پاشنه کفش قاضی مرتضوی.....و یا مثل «سعید امامی» بگن......امروز بجای صبحانه ما بیشتر میل به خوردن واجبی داریم!!

حالا......عزیزان هوادار جمهوری اسلامی ( که نمیدونم امروز چرا خفه خون مرگ گرفتین و دُمتون رو لای پاهاتون قایم کردین و مثل سگِ گَر گرفته از انظار غایب شدین) شما توصیه میکنین ما به کی رأی بدیم؟
 یعنی منظورم اینه که زمان میر حسین موسوی کمتر سر ایرانی رفت بالای دار یا زمان احمدی نژاد؟

خواهش میکنم هرچه سریعتر  «دو دو تا چهارتا»  کنین و ما رو از بلاتکلیفی در بیارین!

ننگ ابدی رو برای خودتون خریدین!


Na, mifahmam ettefaghan.

by Parham on

Na, mifahmam ettefaghan. Esrari nadaram khodamo gool bezanam! Esrari ham nadarm be har onvan bahso be naf'e khodam dar biaram... Barikalla, boro gerye kon hala age delet injoori khoshe.


Deh hamineh ke shoma nemifahmi agha

by Souri on

Dafeh pish, naboudam. hala oumadam. dafeh bad ham yeki digeh khahad oumad, ke emrouz hanouz inja nist........moshkel shoma chieh?



by Parham on

Bia, hala dige sha'eresham peyda shod...
Tamame "diaspora" dare gerye mikone... Ay mellate garibe Iran...


Souri, maghlateh ham haddi

by Parham on

Souri, maghlateh ham haddi dare baba jan.
Kasi nagofte vase chi gerye mikoni. Kasi gofte dafeye pish koja boodi hala ke enghade ahle bazgoo kardane ehsasate paket hasti.

rosie is roxy is roshan

When an entire diaspora mourns..

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

when an entire diaspora

scattered like leaves by fate and the four winds

across the entire planet


there is a tree.


when an entire generation

who says they were swept up like leaves

by the winds of Revolution


there is a tree.





Okay Parham

by Souri on

What do you expect from  the ignorant & indiferent people like us? Next time a horrible thing like this, happens, we will hold back from expressing our sad feeling and depression about it, fear of looking bad and hypocrite to you. I promise. Satisfy now? Would you stop it now or you will still continue blaming us for being sad?

Delusional? yes, we are. Now would you give us the freedom to express our feeling or not? Would you please give us this right? Really? can we? Thank you, you are so generous!!



rosie is roxy is roshan

Stop fighting, this is insane! What "he" said, what "you" said

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

what "I" said...what about just respecting the dead?


OK................sigh of relief !!

by Majid on

The world is a much safer place now that she's hung...............


Let's go out and vote for our beloved Ahmadinejad OR our "recycled hope" Moosavi !

Come on people........we have more important business to take care of!    GO OUT AND VOTE! 


I wonder where the HELL all IRI supporters and apologists are?

I think they are at Delara's "khatm" eating gheimeh polo and burp! 

Coming up....."sooraakh moosh $100.00 each" 



شاعر می گوید:

فیلسوف (not verified)

ای کشته که را کشتی تا کشته شوی باز
تا باز کشند انکه تو را کشت


Like I said...

by Parham on

iranian.com has been taken over by a major load of delusional airheads and lunatics! So like, you all are "activists"??

Good thing this one wasn't even really political...

What my friend meant when he asked that question was the fact that this one "campaign" was more marketing-driven-like, and that's why we have all you shedding tears here now. Since the case of Mir-Sayyafi wasn't, the rest of you sat down and "watched Seinfeld" and came here to tell the rest of us about it and tell us how proud you are too, having been watching Seinfeld when they were delivering Omid-Reza's body to the legal/medical authorities... Tsheez...


Farhad Alawi Hezbollahi;

by Anti Akhooond (not verified) on

Let see what you will say when your daughter, mother or sister is raped, torture or murdered by this inhumain regime. Yes, these monsters will not have any pitty for ass kissers like you. As soon as your expiration date arrives, you'll go right where your beloved Saeed Emami went.

You are proud of IRI?!! I am not surprised when you say a thing like that at such a sensetive memoent.

No wonder, you are the student of that Indian Bastard Rooh Al Shaytan Khomeinie. Human behaviour is not excpected from the likes of you.

You are nothing, but do not worry the days of your masters are numbered.


Who will bring about the change...

by Fair on

...which will be too late for Delara and countless others?

The answer in this beautiful song by Anoushiravan Rohani and Klaus Meine:


I dedicate this song today to Delara. Here are the lyrics:


Maybe I, maybe you
Can make a change to the world
We're reaching out for a soul
That's kind of lost in the dark

Maybe I, maybe you
Can find the key to the stars
To catch the spirit of hope
To save one hopeless heart

You look up to the sky
With all those questions in mind
All you need is to hear
The voice of your heart
In a world full of pain
Someone's calling your name
Why don't we make it true
Maybe I, maybe you

Maybe I, maybe you
Are just dreaming sometimes
But the world would be cold
Without dreamers like you

Maybe I, maybe you
Are just soldiers of love
Born to carry the flame
Bringin' light to the dark

You look up to the sky
With all those questions in mind
All you need is to hear
The voice of your heart
In a world full of pain
Someone's calling your name
Why don't we make it true
Maybe I, maybe you



Mort Gilani

In the Arms of An Angle

by Mort Gilani on


To Eh, who thinks the stay

by desi on

To Eh, who thinks the stay of execution was hastened for the family to witness, Delara's execution was done in secret.  Without her family's notification.  



Farhad Alawi

by 1 Hamvatan (not verified) on

You should be shame of IR not proud. They just killed a girl who was not proven guilty. damn you and Islamic terrorist regime.

Gomsho boro Iran agar mardi.

Paymaneh Amiri

شب را سیاه بکش دلارا، بی ستاره، بی ماه و بی فردا!

Paymaneh Amiri

From Asieh Amini's blogs:  //varesh.blogfa.com/


ساعت یک صبح است. تازه از رشت رسیده ام تهران. با چشمانی برآماسیده و دلی برآماسیده تر. حتا نماندم تا دلارای نازنینم را خاک کنم. خانواده اش را تنها گذاشتم. با فریادهای دلخراش و گریه های بی امانشان. آن قدر در سرم فریاد هست که هرگز امروز از یادم نرود. 

صبح که خبر را از آقای خرمشاهی شنیدم فقط فرصت کردم که  آماده شده و راهی رشت شوم. در ر اه به محمد مصطفایی هم خبر دادم. او هم وکالت دلارا را پذیرفته بود و هفته پیش گفته بود اگر برای رضایت می روی من هم می آیم. و حالا باید برای تسلیت به خانواده اش می آمد. گفته بودمش که دو ماه وقت داریم هنوز. امضاها که بیشتر شد قرار می گذاریم. خطاب نامه این بار به خانواده صاحب خون بود. نه به رئیس قوه و نه به مردم و نه هیچ کس دیگر. کلی امضا پای نامه بود. تقریبا از همه اهل فرهنگ و هنر. نقاشان. نویسندگان، شاعران، سینماگران و.... نوشته بودیم شما اهل فرهنگید. زبان خشونت برازنده شما نیست. شما اهل شعور و معرفتید.

دو سال تمام است که لام تاکام حرفی نزدیم. نکند که به کسی بربخورد. همه اش گفتیم و گفتند فقط رضایت! رضایت تنها راه است! گفتیم 17 ساله بود. گفتند دیر است برای این حرفها فقط رضایت! گفتیم بحث نبود و نیست! این همه دلیل و سند وجود دارد که نشان می دهد او قاتل نیست! گفتند حکم قطعیت یافته، فقط رضایت! دو سال است خفه شدیم و رفتیم دنبال رضایت. این هم از عاقبت رضایت!

می توانستند بگویند رضایت نمی دهیم. می توانستند آب پاکی را از همان اول بریزند.  این همه بازی دادن چرا؟ سردواندن چرا؟ خب از اول می گفتند رضایت نمی دهیم و خلاصمان می کردند. شرط گذاشتند. همه پذیرفته شد. اجرا شد. نامه های دو طرف را مطبوعات چاپ کردند. وکیلش را عزل کردند ( البته بدون ابلاغ به خود وکیل)و .... آخرش همین بود؟! که همه را بگذارند در بیم و امید و روز جمعه!!! بدون دیدار خانواده و بدون حضور وکیل اعدامش کنند؟!  بدون شنیدن ضجه های مادرش؟ و پدری که امشب روانه بیمارستان شد و نمی تواند حتا دیگر شانه هایش را راست نگه دارد...

آخر انصاقتان کجا رفته بود. حتا اگر دلارای 17 ساله مرتکب قتل هم شده بود - که نشده بود- باز هم مرگی با این همه جفا؟... حیوان را هم که سر می برند فرصتی برای گلوتر کردن بهش می دهند. دلارا سه وکیل داشت. گیرم که عبدالصمد خرمشاهی را عزل کرده بود. آن دو دیگر را چرا نخواندید؟ شاید وصیتی داشت! شاید حرفی برای گفتن داشت! شاید آرزویی، توصیه ای، خواهشی...

دیر است و درد چنگ انداخته به گلویم. پشیمانم که برگشته ام تهران و البته چاره ای نداشتم. دلارا را فردا در خاک  می کنند و من نیستم کنارش تا گردن بند سوغاتی اش را به گردنش ببندم. می خواستم روز آزادی اش به گرردنش ببندم.  دادمش به غزاله و گفتم به او بگو که دیر رسیدم و بگو که ببخش اگر نتوانستم به قولم عمل کنم!

دخترکم نمایشگاه نقاشی ات به هیچ دردمان نخورد. دیگر فریبت نمی دهم با امید. دیگر قول نمی دهم که صدایت بلرزد از کورسوی امید و بگویی "می دانی آرزو داشتم نمایشگاه نقاشی بگذارم؟"...

امشب تمام بوم را سیاه کن. بی ستاره، بی ماه و بی فردا.



by Fatollah (not verified) on

-قاضی جاوید نیا-


Blame is on filthy islam and despicable nationless islamists

by Sezavar (not verified) on

Islamsits who still blame others for miseries of iranians, those who still take pride in IRI or anything related to IRI are filthy and inhumane. Those who rush to speak of palestinians and blame zionists or anyone else but the filthy islamic republic that is burning iran to ground on every corner and every day, those who still take pride in the filthy revolution of 1979 and their filthy despicable religion are nothing but a shame on the face of anything iranian and anything humane. Those who rush to compare IRI with the west only when it comes to dirt and crime and inhumanity, while enjoying a good life in the west, are filthy and despicable.

rosie is roxy is roshan

Why is Delara so important, a few of you ask....

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

Delara Darabi's life and death, in and of themselves, are no more important than any other person's who was hanged, stoned, shot, or beaten to death. Or simply imprisoned, whether in Evin or in a land held hostage, or as she tells us in her poems, even in our own minds.  But Delara's paintings and poems and yes, even her eyes in her famous photo, with her fragile blue silk headscarf, belong to all those persecuted and to everyone who wants to sing for freedom

That is why Delara is so important. Because she wanted so badly to sing for freedom that she succeeded, even, and now more than ever in her death, and left a legacy for us all.


She got her wings

by capt_ayhab on

Listen to the tales and romanticize,
How we'd follow the path of the hero.
Boast about the day when the rivers overrun.
How we rise to the height of our halo.

Listen to the tales as we all rationalize
Our way into the arms of the savior,
Feigning all the trials and the tribulations;
None of us have actually been there.
Not like you.

Ignorant siblings in the congregation
Gather around spewing sympathy,
Spare me.
None of them can even hold a candle up to you.
Blinded by choice, these hypocrites won't see.

But, enough about the collective Judas.
Who could deny you were the one who
Illuminated your little piece of the divine?

And this little light of mine, a gift you passed on to me;
I'm gonna let it shine to guide you safely on your way,
Your way home ...

Oh, what are they going to do when the lights go down
Without you to guide them all to Zion?
What are they going to do when the rivers overrun
Other than tremble incessantly?

High is the way, but all eyes are upon the ground.
You were the light and the way they'll only read about.
I only pray, Heaven knows when to lift you out.
Ten thousand days in the fire is long enough;
You're going home.

You're the only one who can hold your head up high,
Shake your fists at the gates saying:
"I've come home now!
Fetch me the spirit, the son, and the father.
Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended.
It's time now!
My time now!
Give me my, give me my wings!"

You are the light and way that they will only read about.

Set as I am in my ways and my arrogance,
(With the) burden of proof tossed upon the believers.
You were my witness, my eyes, my evidence,
Judith Marie, unconditional one.

Daylight dims leaving cold fluorescents.
Difficult to see you in this light.
Please forgive this bold suggestion, but
Should you see your Maker's face tonight,
Look Him in the eye, look Him in the eye, and tell Him:
"I never lived a lie, never took a life, but surely saved one.
Hallelujah, it's time for you to bring me home."

TOOL, 10,000 days




Why the shock

by MRX1 on

what is it about this exceution that is so different than tens of thousends before her? 

 we have been going through this since 1979 and we will go through it again and again untill this regime is over thrown, it's that simple.

Now we can go back and debate merrits of hassan verses hossein in the upcoming phoney election....