UN Human Rights commission calls on IRI

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GENEVA : United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, expressed her “grave concern” over the execution of Makwan Moloudzadeh on Wednesday in a prison in Kermanshah Province in the Islamic Republic of Iran. "It was reported that the execution was carried out, despite his alleged victims withdrawing their accusations" Ms. Arbour observed.

In the statement issued from her office, Ms. Arbour said: "The High Commissioner calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect its
international legal obligations and the strong international consensus
against the execution of minors"

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) place a legal obligation on
States Parties not to impose death penalty for those under the age of
18 years at the time of commission of crimes. The Islamic Republic of
Iran is a party both to the ICCPR and to the CRC.

Iran is the leading executor of children and juvenile offenders. Mouloudzadeh was sentenced to death in May by a Kermanshah court even though it said all of his accusers had retracted their statements.

Iran says it is prosecuting criminals under its Islamic Sharia law and rejects criticism of its human rights record.

Source: Reuters



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Azarin Sadegh

Depressing world

by Azarin Sadegh on

I feel sick thinking about Makwan. To think about his parents. I feel sick to think about other child prisoners who still believe that Shahrudi might be able to change their destiny. I feel sick that they might think UN letter might change something. 


I feel so sick today.  


There are other reasons that make me sick. I'm sick because I know that Makwan wasn't the last victim. There are others who will follow and it seems that nobody can do anything to help. Nobody cares. 



I got news from Iran confirming that Ali Mahin Torabi is going to be executed this Wednesday or Saturday. He has been beaten up and separated from other prisoners and since then nobody has seen him. 


I really feel sick today. just sick, not angry, not yet.  


The news hasn't still sunk in. I am still hoping and I still hope Ali doesn't know the news. We are not made to be able to take it. We are not supposed to know our time of death. The exact time of death and the precise way we are going to die. And Ali’s parents are not supposed to know the exact time of their son’s execution. 


Some people tell me that it is Ali’s right to know. But since when his rights have been respected that we should also respect this one? One more human right to ignore. One more dead child. One more letter of protest. 


One more death.


How is it going to change the world? Yes, I know, it is not going to. It is a depressing world and I feel sick thinking about how Ali might react and feel--if he knew--, and still I know that I really wouldn't know. I would never know. 


Today, I am down, too down. Tomorrow I might get real angry, or I might decide to cry, but tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.


Azarin Sadegh