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An End to Child Executions in Iran?

Stop Child Executions organization just received news that executions of minors in Iran may be a thing of the past.

The Council of Guardians have approved changing Iran's penal code whereby juvenile offenders who have committed an offence before the age of 18 will not face the death penalty. SCE is also happy to hear that death by stoning has allegedly been scrapped as well by the Council of Guardians.

Stop Child Executions President and Co Founder Nazanin Afshin-Jam says she is "esctatic, if indeed the regime stands committed to these new reforms". She says that a few years ago the Iranian judiciary had written a directive that had instructed judges not to sentence minors to death but they had continued to do so. She says even though Iran has been signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, they continued to violate International human rights law.

Much of the work that Stop Child Executions documented can be found in the report co-authored by Afshin-Jam and Tahirih Danesh in "From Craddle to Coffin: A Report on Child Executions in Iran". http://fpc.org.uk/publications/ChildExecutions

This report which was quoted by the United Nation in Iran’s Universal Periodic Review highlighted the problem of children on death row in Iran and made a number of key recommendations for action to the Iranian Authorities, the international community and to activists.


"With the Council of Guardians having now approved, this could mean a permanent ban to child executions. If this is the case, this will be an incredible accomplishment by human rights activists
worldwide” said Afshin-Jam. “I am grateful to Mohammad Mostafaei, Nasrine Sotoudeh, Abdolsamad Khoramshahi and Emadeddine Baghi for their relentless work in Iran for these children. I would like to extend special thanks to all the committed volunteers at Stop Child Executions over the years in particular David Etebari, DW Duke, Kristian Hvesser, Aubrey Harris and Donna Greene and Mina Ahadi. A shout out to the amazing organization Amnesty International in particular Drewery Dyke at its headquarters”.

Millions of people were involved in signing petitions, speaking out, attending rallies and pressuring Iran behind the scenes at the diplomatic level to see this day arrive. While much progress needs to still be made in the area of human rights, SCE commends the government and judiciary in Iran for this bit of progress and hopes they will carry out what they have promised. Stop Child Executions will be monitoring closely the activities of
the regime and be sure to report back

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Wedding Donations

altMany people have written to SCE congratulating the president and co founder Nazanin Afshin-Jam on her recent nuptials with Peter Mackay. They had asked their family and friends not to provide gifts but rather to donate to their favorite charity. Many decided to contribute to Stop Child Executions. Based on your generous donations this month, close to $3,000 has been collected plus $5000 that was donated by Hello Magazine for the use of their wedding photos in their January 23rd issue for a total of $8000 which will be available to help with campaigning for this important cause. They thank you for your generosity. Their marriage also made headlines across Canada which also brougth awarness about the problem of children on death row.


Since the summer of 2009, many lawyers helping children on death row have been imprisoned or have fled the country simply due to defending the rights of these children and bringing shame to the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This year we will be trying to boost profile about the abuse of not only children on death row but the imprisonment of these human rights defenders. Nazanin continues to do speeches worldwide and raising awareness on the plight of these children. Some recent speeches include:


-Grant McEwan University Feb 2nd 2012 for Global Awareness Week

- UBC Golden Key Member Recognition Event Nov.5th, 2011

-AAISA Provincial Conference: Settlement and Integration: Connection Local Leadership to the Global Perspective Oct 28th 2011

- Brescia University Breakfast for Bursaries October 20th 2011

-UBC Start an Evolution Campaign Sept 27, 28th, Oct 1st

-HEAL Canada: Violence against Women and Women’s Rights May 5th 2011

-Selkirk College: Mir Peace Lecture Series February 2nd 2011

-Center for Political and Foreign Affairs Iran Panel Dec. 2010