Iran's Judiciary puts STOP to CHILD EXECUTIONS


Iran's Judiciary puts STOP to CHILD EXECUTIONS
by SCE Campaign

حبس ابد جایگزین اعدام برای متهمان زیر 18 سال در ایران

Stop Child Executions organization welcomes with joy Iran’s announcement to abolish juvenile executions.

According to Iran's Assistant Attorney General for Judicial Affairs, Hossein Zabhi, a memorandum has been sent to all bodies of the Judiciary in Iran to stop child executions and instructed Judges to issue a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with possibility of parole after 15 years in lieu of execution.

Over the last few years, Stop Child Executions has continuously put pressure on Iran to abide by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Charter of the Rights of the Child (CRC) to which it is state party and put a permanent end to executions of children who have committed an offence before the age of 18.

In September 2008, Stop Child Executions organized “Ahmadinejad’s Wall of Shame" rally outside of the United Nations in New York. A list of recommendations was issued urging Iran's Supreme Leader, Head of Judiciary and the Parliament to immediately stop child executions and implement the changes into law in Iran’s Parliament.

Stop Child Executions was also among 300 other NGO’s from 82 countries who called on the UN General Assembly in its recent annual debate on the Rights of the Child to take urgent action to end the death penalty for minors.

SCE would like to congratulate and thank all its supporters who have signed the petition including human rights defenders, lawyers, government officials, and journalists around the world who have been fighting along with them to end child executions in Iran.

While Iran is the worst offender of child executions with over 140 minors on death row and six executions of children this year alone, Stop Child Executions calls on other countries including Saudi Arabia, Yemen,  Sudan and Pakistan to follow Iran’s lead in calling for an end to child executions.

All the volunteers at Stop Child Executions wish this overdue decision would have been implemented long before and give their condolenses to the families of the 26 minors who have been executed in vain since 2005 and others prior to this date. 

Stop Child Executions hopes Iran will abide by their announcement and looks forward to seeing the implementations of its other recommendations to Iran into law.

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Lovely news

by on

Thank goodness. Lets hope the ayatollahs continue cutting back on some of the barbaric medieval practices that they had been engaging in.

Amnisity International covered this news. The spanish chapter of it even sent an email to all its members congratulating everyone.





by MRX1 (not verified) on

so they took away yet another source of entertainment in Iran! what is more entertaining than spending your day off with your siginficant other watching teen agers being hanged with construction cranes! now what do people have to do for entertainment?



by javaneh29 on

What wonderful news!!  There is some hope for those kids now... hate to be a killjoy but will they abide by their word? time will tell. I hope to god they will.

Well done to everyone who made a contribution to this campaign.. and yes you know what you did and shame on those who did nothing. Please lets not have a lengthy debate here about who did the most.. lets only rejoice in the fact that it has been achieved. Of course, the real applause ( for want of a better word) goes to those kids for the suffering and torment they have been through. And lets not forget those CHILDREN for whom this has been too late.



This brings me immense

by KT (not verified) on

This brings me immense joy!
I so hope that it is followed up and things don't change.
Thank you to each and every one of the people who tried tirelessly to bring this about. YOU know who you are and thank you and God bless all of you.
Jahanshah is right CIVIL ACTION!


To:Saman, As a "grown up" what have you done for your people?

by Babak Pirouzian (not verified) on

"Thank you
by SCE Campaign on Fri Oct 17, 2008 01:22 AM CDT

All the volunteers at Stop Child Executions wish this overdue decision would have been implemented long before and give their condolenses to the families of the 26 minors who have been executed in vain since 2005 and others prior to this date.

Stop Child Executions hopes Iran will abide by their announcement and looks forward to seeing the implementations of its other recommendations to Iran into law.

Thank you Mr Javid for your continuous support and for posting the good news!

Stop Child Executions Campaign

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Agha Saman,
Read all the postings written last few years in above blogs and judge for yourself, what kind of work and dedication SCE and Nazanin have done to achieve what they have done, then come forward and make your comment.
Make a note that all the work is done by dedicated volunteers without any attachment to any group or organization. They have even paid their own expenses. Are you ready at least dedicate only 1% of of your time and your resources?. Or do you know any other individual or group doing such a job for such a long period of time?


Great Victory!

by Killjoy (not verified) on

This whole thing came about as a result of hard work by SCE staff and supporters! Exposing regime's inhumaities and bringing international pressure on the authorities made such an outcome possible.

Thank you, Naazanin, for your tireless efforts to help the hapless Iranian youth.


We need more...

by Saman on

Nazanin? What joke! She had nothing and I mean nothing to do with it … but if you don’t know that by now than don’t worry about it because it’s still a good day for all Iranians and many human rights organizations who have been working super hard and super long to make this happen. Nazanin is still a good kid and her work is much appreciate it (buy her album)!

What sucks is that … how come not a single “Iranian activist” has publicly welcomed this decision by the government? This is when we need them to speak loud and clear by encouraging the Islamic republic to continue in making such changes.


Great job

by jamshid on

Well done Nazanin and the rest of SCE members. I am sure there must have been times that a few of you felt that it was hopeless. But today it must be a good and pleasant feeling to see that Iran's judiciaries themselves are now walking on the stepping stones you planted.

Great work.

P.S. Irandokht, good to hear Baghi is freed. I didn't know. I hope he will be allowed to write again.


A sad day

by Iva (not verified) on

for moslem clergies .. They can not kill as many as they want to!

I just hope the Iranian leaders do not increase number of executions, more than current phenominal number, as a tit-for-tat.

Darius Kadivar

Here is to YOU NAZANIN JAN ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on


To You and the SCE Staff !




Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

And you know why they stopped these executions? Not out of kindness of their heart but because of the constant pressure by groups such as SCE and other NGOs and human rights organizations. This is the only legitimate and effective way of brining about change: civil action.


Very GOOD news!

by IRANdokht on

I too hope that they abide by this announcement. Every step counts and this is a huge positive step! Hopefully the other countries that are still on SCE list would also follow suit.

Thanks to Nazanin, David E and the rest of the crew, Mr Mostafaie and his colleagues, and all who supported the cause.

Today, there was also another good news regarding the release of Emadeddin Baaghi.

I hope all our journalists, activists and political prisoners are treated humanely and released from the prisons.