A dramatic surge of executions in Iran has seen almost 700 punished for criminal offences such as murder, Amnesty International stated.

Iran is set to surpass its total number of executions in the country, with the scheduled execution of Zainab Sekannavand, a 22-year-old convicted of killing her abusive husband at the age of 17.

Sekannavand anticipated execution follows the death of 23-year-old-woman, Fatemah Salbehi in 2015, a woman convicted for a similar offence at the age of 17.

Under international laws guiding use of death penalty, it is illegal to execute an offender under the age 18 according to Amnesty International’s website. Despite this, the Iranian juridical system has failed to apply juvenile sentencing recommendations.

“These latest juvenile executions cast a huge doubt over the commitment of the Iranian authorities to implement the provisions of the 2013 Islamic Penal Code with a view to abolishing their use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders,” said Boumedouha on Amnesty International’s website.

Boumedouha the Deputy Director explained that “The Iranian authorities should be under no illusion that they can avoid international scrutiny until they adopt a categorical rule banning the use of the death penalty on any offender under 18 years of age.”

Amnesty International reports suggest that girls as young as nine can be punished for offences; for boy its 15. Between 2005 and 2015, there were at least 75 executions of juvenile offenders, including at least three in juvenile offender in 2015. A total of 160 juvenile offenders are currently said to be on death row across the country.

Author: Islam Soliman

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