World Bulletin / News Desk
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern Monday about "a worrying trend" of executions in Iran following the hanging of two juvenile offenders in recent weeks.
Ban "reaffirms the opposition of the United Nations to the imposition of the death penalty, and calls on the government of Iran to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty," said a statement issued by his office.
The statement noted that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child -- both ratified by Iran -- bans the death penalty for crimes committed by persons younger than 18 years of age.
Last week, Amnesty International reported the executions of Fatemeh Salbehi, 23, and Samad Zahabi, 19, for crimes they had committed at 17.
The rights group said Salbehi was executed Oct. 13 for the death of her husband, whom she had been forced to marry. The hanging came a week after Zahabi was executed in secret for the killing of a fellow shepherd.
“These executions are disturbing examples of surging execution rates and questionable fair trial standards in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights Iran, said in a written statement issued Friday.
“The Iranian authorities must comply with its international law obligations and put an end to the execution of juvenile offenders once and for all," he added.
More than 700 executions are reported to have taken place in Iran since January, including at least 40 public, marking the highest total recorded in the past 12 years, according to the UN.Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2015, 13:08