Amnesty International USA demand an immediate end to child executions

In their new issue update, Amnesty International USA demanded a worldwide end to the child executions and referred the readers to the SCE Campaign website, followed by links to Amnesty’s recent Urgent Action reports condeming the recent execution of Sa’id Qanbar Zahi in Iran  and demanding a halt to the execution orders of Delara Darabi in Iran, Dhahian Rakan al-Sibai’I , Sultan and Mohammed Koheil in Saudi Arabia:

Stop Child Executions!

International law prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18, yet some countries continue to execute child offenders or sentence them to death. As a step towards the total abolition of the death penalty around the world, Amnesty International is calling for:

  • An immediate end to all executions of child offenders.
  • All existing death sentences against child offenders to be commuted.
  • All countries that retain the death penalty to ensure that its use against child offenders is precluded by law.
  • Such countries to take measures to ensure that their courts do not sentence child offenders to death, including, where necessary, the examination of birth certificates. Where systems of issuing birth certificates do not exist, such systems should be introduced, as required under Article 8 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

» Stop Child Executions in Iran
» Condemn the execution of child offender Sa’id Qanbar Zahi and stop the execution of six others in Iran (Urgent Action 76/07)
» Halt Imminent Execution of Child Offender Delara Darabi in Iran (Urgent Action 4/06)
» Stop Three Executions, Two of Child Offenders, in Saudi Arabia (Urgent Action 116/07)

 Source: Amnesty International USA