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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What a shameful act

by Abarmard on

A nation that has produced Cyrus the great Human Rights cylinder, humane poetry of Sa'adi and insightful thinking of Hafez e Shirazi, or has proved the superiority of the human sprit by Jalaedin e Rumi, to just name the internationally known figures, should be ashamed to produce such news in the 21 century.

Shame on the court, shame on the judge and shame on the country that produces them.


The fate of Iran is sealed !

by alborz on

It is events such as these and countless other human attrocities in Iran that will seal the fate of this land and its people.

There is much to be ashamed of but the greatest of them all is that our failure as a nation to recognize the malaise in which we are in.  These human tragedies will continue to define the IRI until Iranians rise up in unison and heed the call of what ultimately is their conscience.



Capital Punishment??

by capt_ayhab on

I am all for capital punishment BUT,,,,,,,,, Delara was only a baby. Where is humanity on this? At a place and time where real criminals are given the big government posts with big fat pay checks.

 These crimes shall not remain unpunished, If there is any justice in the world, if there is a God, these criminals will pay for blood of all the innocent they have spilled.

May God have Merci on her family, they must be devastated.



so much for reform

by Fair on

I am deeply saddenned by Delara's murder, and may she rest in peace.

But I am not shocked one bit. Because, what is new about it? Is Delara the first juvenile that was executed in Iran? Is she the first girl who was imprisoned and not given a fair trial before she was sentenced? Is her case the first one to go against every international law and norm there is?

So where are the "reformers"? Are they still trying to "reason with" and "persuade" the hardliners?

A system which attaches ZERO value to human life cannot be reformed.

A system which has no law and order rooted in the will of the people cannot be reformed.

Maybe the USA Europe Russia and China decides to talk to the IRI because of its interests. Does that mean we Iranians have to do the same?

We Iranians deserve better, and the first step to getting something better is to stop fooling ourselves. You cannot change the mind of the Taleban or the Mullahs. These are people who will allow you to force a poor 8 year old girl to marry.

As a nation we have a double standard. The Shah had political prisoners, occasionally executed some, and allowed no political dissent. The vast majority of us said off with his head, no negotiation, he had to go. These guys kill and rape thousands, imprison millions in their own homes and country, kill children, stone women, cut off limbs, hang so many young people without trial and due process, and so many of us today still after 30 years think they should be reasoned with and reformed and persuaded nicely.

I say this double standard must end. Right here Right now.

Let us finally wake up.




To Eh

by Ajaba (not verified) on

But you guys are actively and deliberately trying to prolong these criminals' grip on power and coming up with a thousand and one excuses to justify it.



by full-of-hate & anger (not verified) on

from when silence was an answer to an murder?

Kaveh Nouraee

To Eh

by Kaveh Nouraee on

Be ma che? Who do you want to blame for this? Are you going to be like the other ignorant morons who blame everything on so-called "Zionists"?

No "we" didn't do it in the sense that none of us put this girl in the noose and hanged her. But every time some stupid individual whether on this site or elsewhere tries to justify the words and deeds of the mollahs as a component of Iranian national sovereignty, it becomes fodder for these execution to continue.

Iranians have no problem blowing a horn from the larger side over issues that have absolutely nothing to do with us, but when it comes to our own people, our own nation, our homeland, we seem to have no qualms about staying silent, turning our heads and looking the other way, allowing it to be destroyed.

Lastly....my last name isn't Nouranee. It's Nouraee.


Shame on 70 Million Iranians minus a few

by ShameOnIranians (not verified) on

You are absolutely right. Except for a handful of people who really actually do something to change this awful regime, the rest of the 70 Million Iranians do nothing. We should all hang our heads in shame. Its been 30 years, and i ask myself how is this possible? THis will prevail another 100 years if we Iranians do not go against the regime. I dont know the solution, except if the regime was toppled by force. I have relatives in Iran, and I would sacrifice them and they would themselves also, in order to change Iran around. I hate to say it but the only way is force, and their will be casualties, but the only way is Israel and US strategically bomb Iran and get rid of these thugs and do a takeover as they have done to Iraq. I have a 5 year old persian daughter I hope that oneday she can proudly say she is Iranian when she grows up, because i do not.


They didn't wait for the

by Eh (not verified) on

They didn't wait for the full 2 months because apparently the victim's family stepped forward and decided to witness the execution.

If I'm not mistaken last time they said victim's family didn't want to be present so they delayed it for 2 months. They must have decided to witness the execution.

Mort Gilani

Cannot Stop Crying

by Mort Gilani on

After hearing this horrifying news, I cannot move.  I have no doubt that Islamists will soon receive the answer to the pain that have inflicted on the most beautiful children of Iran. We will never forget Delara, and she will always be remembered.

May her soul rest in peace!


Dear JJ

by Souri on

I suggest you trun off the site for an hour of silence in respect to Delara. You may disable all posting on the site for at least one hour.

Means, no  click, no more talk. We will give her our hommage and Sougvaari this way.

Sorry I don't have a spell checking in this browser.


Where is God to help people... !!!

by full-of-anger (not verified) on

The only time I feel full of anger is when I think about these mullahs then i have no control on what i say...
I don't like to be violent.. but I wish I had this power to put these fucking mother fuckers mullah in their grave..there are so
many sick people in Iran who enjoys executing and killing others.. they are not normal people they are bunch of
sob who had a horrible childhood themselves.. they are bunch of rapist whose
mother been fucked by so many in front of their eyes...bunch of sob who raised in their shit..
they are even worse than mullah.. no normal human being enjoys executing specially executing young people.. no one can do it but mullah and fucking islam...



by LanceRaheem on

It's shameful, senseless tragedies like this one that really make me ashamed to be Iranian sometimes.  What a waste of a young life.  Delara wasn't the first, and God knows, she won't be the last young woman to die by the hands of IRI Justice. What is wrong with the people of Iran?   I am no where close to being proud of being Iranian today...no where close!  

God rest Delara's beautiful soul and give her grieving family the strength to bear this horrible loss.


I haven't decided where I

by TheMrs on

I haven't decided where I stand on capital punishment yet. When I hear stories of serial crimes I think capital punishment makes sense. But then I hear this type of new and think it makes no sense. Whatever the right answer may be, it is FOR SURE wrong to execute someone without informing their lawyer. Or when they're in the process of appeal. Or applying to some kind of appelate court. Or when there is a delay on the sentence. This is absolutely outrageous and almost unbelievable. Head of judiciary be dardeh ammash mikhoreh, bere bemireh elahi. This isn't just wrong, it's stupid. Most people are going to think it's wrong and resent the system even more.

Don't go gentle into that good night


Shirin Ebadi

by Anonymous-iran (not verified) on

Shirin said "I'm is so proud to be a Muslim", shirin kanoom shame on you, it is time to get rid of your law book and use Qoran for your so called Human Rights. She did not deserve to recieve the Nobel peace prize.


So sad. So terrible.

by Sad Iranian (not verified) on

I'm sick of seeing Nazanin's video next to these people. How cheap of you to post that Darius. Her work is good, but that was inappropriate. Never a bad time for cheap promotions (you should post some shah stuff here too while you're at it), huh, Darius?

Delara was an amazing artist. I will remember her for her art.



by Souri on

What happened?  We have been promised two more delay!

Why nobosy explain it to us? No one of SCE people is here?

What's going wrong?


Kaveh Nouranee your logic is

by Eh (not verified) on

Kaveh Nouranee your logic is the same as some racist redneck Americans who blame us for IRI. Be ma che? We didn't do it and everyone condemns it. Most everyone anyway. Blowing the horn from the larger side doesn't do anything and it is only self-serving.

Darius Kadivar

Will We EVER Find the Way to Stop this ? ... ;0(

by Darius Kadivar on

I  wonder. if we Will EVER Find the Way ... ;0(

Where Ever you Are now Delara, Rest in Peace ...

 The Struggle Continues ...


shame on us

by Anonymous-tehrany (not verified) on

Mullahs did not killed Delara, she was killed by 70 millions Iranians. Yes, we killed her because we let a bunch of arab/turk/ mongol animals run our country and decide for us when to live and when to die


Anonymous-again, damn right!

by Angry (not verified) on

whenever I feel this much angry and helpless, I insert a particular dvd in the player and watch a particular sequence;

... I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every panda that wouldn't screw to save its species ..
I want to open the dump valves on oil tankers and smother all those French beaches I would never see ...
I want to breath smoke ...
I feel like destroying something beautiful ...

I now hate you all and more than you, myself ...

We are pathetic and THE generation of losers


shame on Iran. Hell with Islam.

by Arash Kamangir (not verified) on

Another shame and disgrace for Iran. I shame to call myself Iranian. The Hell with Islam and Mullahs. There is not any man left in that god damn country.


رکورد آدمکشی

قصاص (not verified)

چرا دلارا دارابی بدون خبر اعدام شد؟ چرا زهرا بنی بعقوب در عرض نیم ساعت خودکشی شد؟ چرا فاطمه رجبي در 16 سالگي به دار آويخته شد؟ بر زنان و دختران مردم در زندانهای جمهوری اسلامی چه ميگذرد؟ کدام پدر و مادر داغدار توان آن را دارد که جسد جگر گوشه اش را به اتوپسی بسپارد و ببيند قبل از قتل چه اتفاقی بر او افتاده و کدام پزشک قانونی جرات گزارش اين بیرحمی ها را دارد؟

فقط چهاردیواري هاي زندانها میدانند که بر زندانیان بی دفاع در ايران چه میگذرد.

يک جان دیگر گرفته شد. يک استعداد ديگر از بین رفت. خانواده ای دیگر به سوگ نشستند. حکم غیر انسانی قصاص یک بار دیگر مهر تایید خورد. يک نفر دلارا را به دار آويخت اما یک خانواده جلاد او شدند. يک خانواده دیگر ناخواسته به صف جلادان جمهوری اسلامی پیوست. .

به گفته عفو بین الملل این صد و چهلمین اعدام در چهارماه اخیر بود. صد و چهل اعدام در صد و بيست روز. یعنی هر روز حداقل یک انسان در ایران به دار آویخته ميشود.

این رکورد آدمکشی بر جمهوری اسلامی وحامیانش از جمله آقای اوباما و خانم کلینتون و آیت الله بی بی سي و بقیه حامیان گزینشی حقوق بشر مبارک باد

اين اعدام که با تایید یک خانواده صورت گرفت اين سوال را بر می انگیزد که اگر ما بر احکام جمهوری اسلامی حکم تایيد نگذاریم و انسانیت را بر "انتقام" و "انجام وظیفه" و "قدرت " ترجیح بدهیم این رژيم چقدر دوام خواهد آورد؟ بی دلیل نیست که رژيم جمهوری اسلامي "انسانیت " را نشانه گرفته است.

Kaveh Nouraee

How many more

by Kaveh Nouraee on

people must die in order for these apologists to get the message?

Are you honestly surprised that this happened? Are you that gullible that you would take these criminals at their word regarding the 2 months? Why do you continue to take them at their word regarding anything?

Now, go on, get back to what you have been doing, and say that the IR must be respected.

I can only hope (probably in vain) that this girl didn't suffer too much in her last moments, and that all of you who make excuses for the IR will suffer greatly for your warped sense of nationalistic pride.


It is so outrageous, I hate Islam, I hate Mullahs

by Anonymous-iran (not verified) on

Lannat bar Mohammad va al Mohammad, these animals with their religion are ruining our land, killing our people.....

Farah Rusta

Who killed Delara?

by Farah Rusta on

This is the question that each and every one of you who cared about Delara's life should ask yourselves. Was it a person or was it a number of individuals who sent her to the gallows? She may well have been guilty but did she receive a fair trial?How many more Delara's should lose thier lives in this way for the reformists among us to be convinced that it was not a single person who approved of her execustion but the system that provided the opportunity for that individual to give an all-clear signal to the hangman?

This is the same system that needs voters to fill up its ballot boxes, regardless of who they vote for. 

My deepesst condolences to all those who cared for Delara.


SCE Campaign

Delara Darabi executed..

by SCE Campaign on


Stop Child Executions sadly regrets to confirm that the Iranian female juvenile Delara Darabi was executed early morning today in the prison yard of the northern city of Rasht, Iran.

Delara Darabi was convicted of a alleged murder when she was 17 years old.

In violation of Iran's own laws, neither of Delara's attorney were informed of the execution. Delara was hanged only 11 days after Iran's judiciary had officially stated that Delara's execution was postponed for 2 months (//scenews.blog.com/4837662/)

Delara was the most well known Iranian minor on the death row. She was also an artist and continued her art work in prison.

In his blog Iranian attorney, Mohammad Mostafaei who represents many Iranian juveniles on the death row wrote this morning: "She was not a murderer. I swear she was not" (//mohegh.blogfa.com/post-68.aspx)

Amnesty International's Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui stated that ""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" .

"Iranian leadership and judiciary must be held responsible for execution of Delara Darabi" said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam spokesperson of Iran Human Rights group. (//www.iranhr.net/spip.php?article1058) "Lack of strong and sustainable reactions from the world community is one of the main reasons why Iranian authorities continue execution of minors. Iranian authorities have learned that their violations of the human rights lead just to some verbal protests from the world community, without any practical consequences...It is the time that UN and world community show that UN’s conventions are more than just formalities" said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam who asks UN and EU to condemn Delara’s execution and put sanctions on the Iranian authorities."

"As long as the international community and United Nations do not officially and seriously hold the government of the Islamic Republic and individuals within it fully responsible for such obvious crimes against children and humanity and as long as the gross human rights violations in Iran are being ignored by the leaders and governments of the world, the notion of accepting the regime of Iran in to the world's civil community remains to be an unreal expectation and at best a slap in the face of all Iranians and the humanity. The issue of respect for human rights must be at the forefront and a precondition for all discussions with the Iran's government. As long the Islamic Republic so openly violates its own laws as well as the internationally accepted conventions in the area of human rights, they should not be trusted with any other treaties either"  said David Etebari, co-founder of the Stop Child Executions.

Stop Child Executions strongly condemns the illegal execution of Delara Darabi and demands formation of an independent international tribunal to look in to the case of Delara Darabi and to bring all those responsible for the unjust sentencing and execution of Delara Darabi to international justice.

Along with Amnesty International, SCE "does not consider her trial to have been fair, as the courts later refused to consider new evidence which the lawyer said would have proved she could not have committed the murder."

The execution of Delara Darabi brings the number of executions in Iran this year to 140.  Iran has executed at least forty two juvenile offenders since 1990, eight of them in 2008 and one on 21 January 2009, in total disregard of international law, which unequivocally bans the execution of those convicted of crimes committed when under the age of 18.

More to follow...


Redwine; There's no F God!!

by God (not verified) on

Sorry mate, I know, you're disappointed.
I don't exist. Try to understand and believe it through reasoning.
Forget the outdated bulls..ts; Look at the sky, stars, religions, etc.
Everything is physics and our minds are not sufficiently evolved to understand the physics beyond our stupid world. Therefore, we come up with a concept called GOD who is a Bearded Guy or beautiful Winged Lady in the sky because we as humans always need to iconize a non-existence concept(all religions, movements, companies, etc. have icons) otherwise we don't understand and relate to it.
Biotech is a few steps away from manufacturing artificial limbs! HELLOOOOOO
Now you might say; physics is the god then!? Yes, you are right. But there is no right or wrong in physics; IT IS, BECAUSE IT IS. A wolf is a wolf and a lamb is a lamb, an akhoond is an akhoond, and cursing mohammad won't be snapping your waist.
Delara dies because akhoond wants to survive. It is as simple as that.


To Desi

by Pleeeeeeeeeeeeez (not verified) on

Average Iranians in Iran, if they ever pay attention to it are used to these kinds of news and ignore it, besides they are too busy making ends meet and putting food on the table.


ba edame Delara, delam ro

by kofri (not verified) on

ba edame Delara, delam ro sozoondan. baray bar aval nabood ama aye ke che sokhtam! har chizi payanee dareh mal in kee cheghadr ghamghine!! delam baray babash o on harf zadanesh kababeh!! aye bashar khata kar!!!!