1,500 Activists in Iran demand Stop Child Execution

SCE Campaign
by SCE Campaign
Iran Human Rights Voice

About 1,500 social activists in Iran issued a statement in which they called for an end to the execution of criminals below the age of 18.

The statement called capital punishment of convicts below the age of 18 who have not reached adulthood and are incapable of properly distinguishing rights from wrong cruel, unfair and inhuman. Part of the statement said:
- Relying on the cry of conscience,
- In unison, with learning from the international human society,
- Underscoring the need for widespread education,
- In unison with many Islamic countries who have accepted the rule that each life is precious and act in that regard,
- Following the international convention to support the rights of children,
- Realizing that important factors in social ills within our society are rooted in economical, social and political conditions,
- Accepting the order that, while prevention methods must be prioritized, in the mean time these sorts of social crimes must be judicially dealt with using less severity and that the choice of a form of punishment must be adjusted based on ages and conditions of criminals,
- And by a fair and free elected council of people;
We claim and state that people under 18 must not be executed and they should be given new opportunities to be rehabilitated, their growth must be nurtured and their employment supported in their movement toward a better life style


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This is an illogical demand

by SmartAss (not verified) on

What about those who are 17 years and 11 months and 29 days? Why should they be discreminated against? For one or two days difference we treat them differently? Who came up with the idea of 18 years and why? Truth is that execution is in fact murder, no matter what the age of the person is. So this seems like a very odd demand based on arbitrary factors or some sort of symathy emotion or guilt. Why not demand what should be demanded, which is all humanity, not just Iran, find a better way than to murder someone who has done something terrible.

Azarin Sadegh


by Azarin Sadegh on

Great initiative! Wonderful news! Thank you SCE!

let's hope for the day that the execution of children would be just a haunting historical fact from the past! Azarin

Darius Kadivar

Great News

by Darius Kadivar on

More Power to You !