Behnam Zare was executed without prior notice


Behnam Zare was executed without prior notice
by SCE Campaign


بهنام زارع بی سروصدا اعدام شد


We regret to announce that without any prior notification of his parents or lawyer, Behnam Zare was executed this morning in prison yard of Shiraz prison in Iran. Stop Child Executions strongly condemns execution of Behnam Zare and calls on Islamic regime in Iran to once and for all join the international community and immediately halt all child executions.

Not only Iran is in direct violation of the international conventions (ICCPR and CRC) which prohibit execution of those guilty of crimes before the age of 18, but by not notifying the parents and attorneys, Iran also violates its own laws which requires 48 notice of intent to execute.

Behnam Zare’ was convicted of a murder which reportedly took place on 21 April 2005, when he was 15 years old. He was found to have swung a knife during an argument with a man named Mehrdad, wounding him in the neck. Mehrdad later died in hospital. Behnam Zare`was detained on 13 November 2005; Branch 5 of Fars Criminal Court sentenced him to qesas (retribution) for premeditated murder. Under Article 206 (b) of Iran’s Criminal Code, murder is classed as premeditated “in cases where the murderer intentionally makes an action which is inherently lethal, even if [the murderer] does not intend to kill the person.” The case went to appeal before Branch 33 of the Supreme Court where the sentence was upheld, and it was then passed to the Office for Implementation of Sentences after approval by Iran's head of Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahrudi.

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Iran has executed at least 7 juveniles in 2008:

Javad Shojaee - 16 (executed on February 26, 2008)
Mohammad Hassanzadeh (executed on June 10, 2008)
Hassan Mozafari (executed on July 22, 2008)
Rahman Shahidi (executed on July 22, 2008)
Kurdish Boy- 15 (executed July 31, 2008)
Seyed Reza Hejazi -15 (executed on August 19, 2008)
Behnam Zare - 15 (executed on August 16, 2008)


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by realist (not verified) on

We do not live in the west,where people think logically most of the time.Him murdering another human being I am sure could have been avoided.I am not sure about his motive for his crime,but even self defense is not a good reason which I think was not the reason.Some of the young Iranian men are hot headed and when there is no education,hand in hand they create problems like what we see.


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by Anonymous at work too (not verified) on

"Give me Liberty or give me death".

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by t (not verified) on

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by The Prince (not verified) on

What else can you do? What else can we all do? In the absence of any real and meaningful resistance movement, in the absence of trust and solidarity between us iranians, there is nothing to be done. They kill, rape, torture, and strip our freinds, families, mothers, father, brothers and sisters of any human dignity... and we idley sit here with OUR FINGERS UP IN OUR ASSESS not knowing what to do. .. So go on home, take a cold shower and get on with your life....
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by Azarin at work (not verified) on

I'm just speechless...totally disgusted!

I guess this muteness, this impossible helplessness, this feeling of disgust is all that still remains of my own humanity...but I'm sure as soon as I am done with my damn bug in my code, and as soon as I'll go home (maybe after a cold shower) I would totally forget about Behnam and what he had to go through, etc, etc, etc ...I'll be going on with my life, or whatever is left from it.



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by IRANdokht on

Not even telling his lawyer and his family?


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