The U.N. High Commissioner Condemns Execution of Two Juveniles in Iran

Statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Condemns as "Deplorable" the execution of two juveniles in Iran

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the recent execution of two 17-year-old boys in Iran by the mullahs’ regime, describing this atrocity a “deplorable” act.

The Iranian Regime flogged and secretly executed two boys under the age of 18 on April 25, 2019, displaying an utter disdain for international law and the rights of children. The Juveniles, identified as Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat, were executed  in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, southern Iran. They were arrested at aged 15 allegedly on rape charges and sentenced following an unfair trial.

According to Amnesty International, “The Iranian authorities flogged these two boys in the final moments of their lives and then carried out their executions in secret in abhorrent violation of international law.”

In a statement on May 3, the UN’s Bachelet said: “I am appalled,” urging the mullahs’ ruling Iran to immediately put an end to all juvenile executions and people who allegedly committed crimes while they were under the age of 18.

“The prohibition of executions of child offenders is absolute under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and under the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” Bachelet said.

The cases of Sohrabifar and Sedaghat were particularly astonishing and deplorable since “both boys were reportedly subjected to ill-treatment and a flawed legal process,” she added.

Amnesty International has recorded at least 97 executions of people under the age of 18 by the regime in Iran between 1990 and 2018. The regime ruling Iran has been condemned by the United Nations for gross human rights violations over 65 times for over three decades. Tehran holds the highest number of executions of its citizens per capita in the world.