Capital punishment for juveniles in Iran

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adopted from University of Washington,

Children are the world’s hope, dreams, and possibilities, and should be protected. According to Convention on the Rights of the Child, children are defined to be those below the age of 18 years, and it sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children. Iran is one of the countries that ratified the treaty and are supposed to respect those rights.

Article 37 of the treaty says

States Parties shall ensure that:

(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age

It clearly prohibits execution of child offenders, however, according to Human Rights Watch, Iran has already executed three children this year. International policy digest says in the first half of 2015 alone, Iran executed nearly 700 young offenders. The death penalty itself is under discussion, and no one can deny that Iran executes too many offenders, whether they are children or not, and it must review its penal policy.

Children makes more mistakes than adults and should be tolerated. Iran must stop executing juveniles.


Iran: Three Children Executed in January, Human Rights Watch, February 7, 2018,, accessed on February 7, 2018

Thevasathan Venessa, Iran: Children of Death Row, INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIGEST, February 12, 2016,, accessed on February 7, 2018

Convention on the rights of the child,, accessed on February 7, 2018


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