Entire Town attend Makwan's funeral

Paveh, Iranian Kurdistan,(AKI) – An estimated 6,000 people – almost the entire population – from the Kurdish Iranian town of Paveh, have attended the funeral of Makwan Moloudzadeh, 19-year-old Iranian Kurdish youth hanged at dawn on Wednesday.  Many young people attended the funeral ceremony.

As the funeral took place on Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, condemned the execution and called on Iran to respect international conventions against executing juvenile offenders. The head of the Judicial Authority, Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi, had told several humanitarian groups and Molouzadeh’s lawyer that the death sentence would be postponed.

Prior to his execution, Makwan engaged in a hunger strike of ten days to protest the physical and psychological torture.