In an interview with German Radio Deutsche Welle and in response to the March report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur regarding execution of children in Iran , the Iranian nobel prize winner and human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi said:
” Unfortunately according to our laws, the age of criminal punishment in Iran for a girl is 9 years old and for a boy is 15. That is the cause of executions of those under the age of 18. Not only (execution) verdicts are given but they are have also been exercised . The contents of the (UN) report is very accurate”
” When a 16 year old child commits a crime, they issue the death sentence. They keep the child until s/he is over 18 and then proceed with the execution. In reality this is a multiple torture. Assume being someone who everyday has to turn the pages of the calendar to see when you are 18 years old to be killed. This multiple torture that is committed by Government of Iran in reality is an extreme and repeated violation of human rights,” said Shirin Ebadi.