Iran urged to stop execution of juvenile offenders "once and for all"

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The United Nations human rights office has urged the government of Iran to stop the execution of juvenile offenders once and for all.

The human rights office says it's deeply dismayed to hear about the reported execution of a juvenile offender in Iran on Wednesday.

According to reports, Ali Naderi, a 21 year old man, who was sentenced to death for his role in the murder of a woman, was executed for a crime he allegedly committed when he was 17 years old.

Cécile Pouilly is Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

"The International human rights instruments, particularly the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to both of which f Iran is a party, impose an absolute ban on the death sentence against persons below the age of 18 at the time when the offence was committed. This is the first juvenile execution since September 2011, and the authorities appear to have made efforts to prevent such cases. We urge the Government of Iran to end the execution of juvenile offenders once and for all." (31")

The UN human rights office is also concerned about five other individuals whose death sentences were apparently recently upheld by the Supreme Court and appear to be at risk of imminent execution.

The office says that over 400 people were reportedly executed in Iran in 2012 alone, the majority of whom were charged with drug-related offences.

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