Dec. 31 (UPI) — The United Nations Human Rights Workplace condemned the execution of an Iranian man Thursday for against the law allegedly dedicated when he was 16 years previous.
Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee was executed in Iran within the early morning regardless that execution of kid offenders is strictly prohibited beneath worldwide regulation. The U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stated the execution was the fourth confirmed for a kid offender.
“The UN has repeatedly urged Iran to stop the appalling observe of executing youngster offenders, however we perceive that at the very least 80 youngster offenders stay on loss of life row,” Shamdasani stated in an announcement. “The Excessive Commissioner urges Iranian authorities to halt all executions of kid offenders and instantly assessment their instances according to worldwide human rights regulation.”
Rezaiee, who turned 30 this month, was arrested in 2007 at age 16 in reference to a gaggle struggle the place a person was fatally stabbed. Human rights teams allege violations of his proper to a good trial and torture.
His conviction was primarily based on “confessions” extracted beneath torture, his trial was “grossly unfair” and authorities failed to analyze the torture allegations, Amnesty Worldwide Deputy Director for the Center East and North Africa Diana Eltahawy stated in an announcement earlier this month.
“Regardless of his younger age, the authorities held him in extended solitary confinement, with out entry to his household and lawyer,” Eltahawy’s assertion stated. “They repeatedly tortured him to ‘confess,’ together with by beating him with sticks, kicking and punching him, and whipping him with pipe hoses. In 2008, the trial court docket relied on his pressured ‘confessions’ to convict and sentence him to loss of life — regardless that he retracted his ‘confessions’ at trial and stated they got beneath torture.”
Shamdasani stated that together with the “deeply troubling allegations” Rezaiee was pressured to admit by way of torture, there have been quite a few different critical considerations about violations of his honest trial rights, and failure to pursue authorized avenues to grant Rezaiee a retrial.
On Wednesday, United Nations specialists urged members states to sentence a separate violation of worldwide regulation in the US. The U.N. specialists stated President Donald Trump’s pardon final week of 4 former Blackwater Worldwide navy contractors convicted of killing 14 Iraqis in 2007 violates U.S. obligations beneath worldwide regulation. They urged member states to sentence the presidential motion.