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2 Juveniles executed in Saudi Arabia

Source: http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/saudi-arabia-two-juveniles-executed-saudi-authorities-among-group-five-2

Saudi Arabia: Two juveniles executed by Saudi authorities among a group of five

11 May 2009

Two men who were juveniles at the time of their alleged crimes were beheaded by Saudi Arabian authorities yesterday (Sunday), Amnesty International revealed today. The death sentences against Sultan Bin Sulayman Bin Muslim al-Muwallad, a Saudi Arabian, and ‘Issa bin Muhammad ‘Umar Muhammad, a Chadian, were imposed after grossly unfair trial proceedings.

The two men were beheaded, along with three other men, after being convicted of a number of offences committed when they were 17 years old, including the abduction and rape of children, theft, and consumption of alcohol and drugs. These offences had, according to the judgement, amounted to “corruption on earth”, a charge that can carry the death penalty even when the offences do not result in lethal consequences.

“Yesterday’s beheadings are a deplorable addition to Saudi Arabia’s grim tally of executions,” said Philip Luther, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme. “It is cruel and inhumane to put anyone to death, but it is particularly outrageous to do so when the executions take place after grossly unfair procedures and when they take the lives of individuals accused of committing crimes when they were still minors.”

The men were among seven arrested in 2004 and held incommunicado at police stations in Madina, where they were allegedly beaten in an attempt to make them confess. Four years later, in February 2008, the Madina General Court sentenced five of them to death after a trial that was held in secret. Their sentences were upheld by the Court of Cassation in Makkah in July 2008. 

Two other men in the same case – Bilal Bin Muslih Bin Jabir al-Muwallad, a Saudi Arabian, and Ahmad Hamid Muhammad Sabir, a Chadian, who were just 15 and 13 respectively at the time of their alleged offences – were sentenced to “severe flogging” on the same charges, in addition to terms of imprisonment. Specifically, they will receive 1,500 and 1,250 severe lashes respectively, administered in instalments at 10-day intervals in public at the scene of the offences. Saudi Arabia is a state party to the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which expressly prohibits the use of punishments such as flogging. 

Due to the strict secrecy of the criminal justice system, it is not possible to know how many of those convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18 – have been put to death in Saudi Arabia, but Amnesty International is aware of at least eight other juveniles who are feared to be on death row. They include Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan national who was 17 at the time of the alleged murder for which she was sentenced to death following her arrest in 2005. They may also include Sultan Kohail, a 16-year-old Canadian national who is facing trial in an adult court on murder charges, along with his brother Mohamed Kohail, aged 22, who has been sentenced to death.

Saudi Arabia is also a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which expressly prohibits the execution of juveniles. Saudi Arabian officials have maintained that they comply with this obligation because they do not execute children. In fact, the Convention prohibits executions for crimes committed while a person is under 18, regardless of when the sentence is carried out.

Amnesty International has repeatedly raised the cases of these seven men with the Saudi Arabian authorities in the past year.

These executions increase to 36 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia this year. In 2008, a total of 102 people were killed by Saudi authorities.

Trial proceedings usually take place behind closed doors without adequate legal representation, and invariably fall short of international fair trial standards. Both children and adults are often convicted on the basis of “confessions” obtained under duress, including torture or other ill-treatment during incommunicado detention.

In a recent report on the use of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International highlighted the extensive use of the death penalty as well as the disproportionately high number of executions of foreign nationals from developing countries. For further information please see Saudi Arabia: Affront to Justice: Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia (Index: MDE 23/027/2008), issued on 14 October 2008: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/saudi-arabia-executions-target-foreign-nationals-20081014

Ahmad Zare’e

مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران  : در محدود زمانی 5 دیماه سال جاری زندان مرکزی سنندج شاهد اعدام هشتمین نوجوان در طی سال  2008 میلادی در ایران بود.
احمد زارعی نوجوانی که در سن 17 سالگی در روستای محل سکونت خود در حومه شهر سنندج مرتکب قتل فرد دیگری شده بود پس از سپری نمودن بیش از 6 سال زندان از بند 5 این زندان به سلولهای ویژه منتقل و در محدوده زمانی مذکور در محوطه این زندان پیش از شروع ماه محرم که معمولا در آن اعدام صورت نمیگیرد به چوبه دار آویخته شد.
جسد وی پس از اعدام، جهت طی مراحل قانونی و تدفین به خانواده ایشان واگذار گردید.

8th child execution in 2008

Source: http://www.peykeiran.com/iran_news_body.aspx?ID=56589

The organization of collective human rights activists in Iran reported the execution of child offender Ahmad Zare’e .
His execution took place 10 days ago on the 5th of the Persian month of “Dey”  around Dec 30th 2008 . According to Peykeiran, Ahmad was 17 years old when he killed someone in a village on the outskirts of Sanandaj. In the early morning before his execution he was held in a special cell until he was executed in the courtyard of the prison. He was executed at the start of “Moharam”, a time when no executions are to take place. His body was given to his family for burial purposes. SCE regrets not ever having any information about Ahmad Zare’e.

13 year old girl stoned to death in Somalia

Source: Amnesty International

A girl stoned to death in Somalia this week was 13 years old, not 23,
contrary to earlier news reports. She had been accused of adultery in
breach of Islamic law.

Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was killed on Monday 27 October, by a group of 50
men in a stadium in the southern port of Kismayu, in front of around
1,000 spectators. Somali journalists who had reported she was 23 have
told Amnesty International that they judged her age by her physical

Inside the stadium, militia members opened fire when some of the
witnesses to the killing attempted to save her life, and shot dead a boy
who was a bystander. An al-Shabab spokeperson was later reported to have
apologized for the death of the child, and said the militia member would
be punished.

At one point during the stoning, Amnesty International has been told by
numerous eyewitnesses that nurses were instructed to check whether Aisha
Ibrahim Duhulow was still alive when buried in the ground. They removed
her from the ground, declared that she was, and she was replaced in the
hole where she had been buried for the stoning to continue.
Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was accused of adultery, but sources told Amnesty
International that she had in fact been raped by three men, and had
attempted to report this rape to the al-Shabab militia who control
Kismayo. It was this act that resulted in her being accused of adultery
and detained. None of men she accused of rape were arrested.

She was detained by militia of the Kismayo authorities, a coalition of
Al-shabab and clan militias. During this time, she was reportedly
extremely distressed, with some individuals stating she had become
mentally unstable.

Related article: http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gDlw7zYhGCUujV64GSv-BEJdMkFg

7th child executed in Iran this year

Stop Child Executions organization regrets to inform that another minor was executed this week, bringing a total of 7 children executed this year.

On Wednesday October 29th,  Gholamreza Saeedi an Afghan national residing in Iran was executed by hanging in a prison in Isfahan, Iran . This  is in direct violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), to which Iran is state party.

More details to follow

اجـراي حكـم قصـاص یک نوجوان کمتر از 18 سال در اصفهـان


صبح هشتم آبانماه جوان 19 ساله اي كه در سال 85 فردي را با ضربات چاقو به قتل رسانده بود به دار مجازات آويخته شد.

به گزارش سايت دادگستري كل استان اصفهان http://dadgostary-es.ir/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1290&Itemid=1در تاريخ 29/8/85 جسد مجهول الهويه اي در يكي از خيابانهاي شهرستان نجف آباد اصفهان كشف مي گردد، پس از عزيمت مأمورين در بررسي هاي اوليه مشخص مي شود جسد متعلق به جواني افغاني به نام شيرآغا حسيني بوده كه ظاهراً در پي يك نزاع خونين و بر اثر اصابت ضربات  چاقو به قتل رسيده است با حضور بازپرس ويژه قتل دستور معاينه جسد و انتقال آن به پزشكي قانوني صادرو  تحقيقات آغاز مي گردد.

در بازجوئي از چند تن از دوستان مقتول مشخص مي شود شخصي به نام غلامرضا . ح كه او هم افغاني و از دوستان مقتول بوده با او تماس گرفته و ظاهراً در قرار ملاقات بين آنها قتل به وقوع پيوسته است .

غلامرضا پس از احضار در بازجوئي اوليه لب به اعتراف گشوده و اظهار مي دارد: مدتي بود كه دوستانم مدام به من كنايه مي زدند كه شيرآغا (مقتول) براي ناموس و خواهرت حرفهايي مي زند اين مسئله شديداً مرا آزار مي داد و باعث آبروريزي ام شده بود از اين رو بالاخره تصميم گرفتم كه به اين ماجرا پايان دهم و با خريد يك عدد چاقو از حيدرآباد اصفهان به سمت نجف آباد حركت كردم با شيرآغا تماس گرفتم و با او قرار گذاشتم وقتي در محل ملاقات با او رو در رو شدم با عصبانيت به او حمله كرده و با چاقو ضربه اي محكم به شكم او وارد آوردم و وقتي كه خم شد چند ضربه ديگر هم به پشت و كمر او وارد آورده و از صحنه فرار كردم.

بر همين اساس و نظر به تقاضاي اولياي دم مقتول قضات شعبه 17 كيفري استان اين قاتل را گناهكار تشخيص داده و به موجب مواد مربوطه در قانون مجازات اسلامي و بدون در نظر گرفتن کنوانسیون حقوق کودک وي را به قصاص نفس محكوم نمودند و اين حكم پس از تأئيد ناعادانه شعبه 33 ديوانعالي كشور و استيذان رئيس قوه قضائيه صبح امروز در محوطه زندان مركزي اصفهان به اجرا در آمد.

Another Minor Execution (unverified)

NOTE: Stop Child Executions has not independently verified this execution or the exact age at the time of alleged crime (17 or 18  ?).  If you have any additional information about this news please email to info@stopchildexecutions.com

(NCRI)  A 21-year-old identified as Homayon Shabestari was hanged in the western city of Kermanshah on Monday. He allegedly committed a crime in 2005 when he was a minor. 

Earlier this month, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) expressed grave concern over the violation of human rights in Iran. U.N. Human Rights official, Rupert Colville, told reporters “On the 27th of July, for example, 29 executions are reported to have taken place. A month later, on the 28th of August, another five people, including a woman, were reported to have been executed. In all, more than 220 people, including six juvenile offenders, are believed to have been executed this year in Iran already.

Iran’s legal obligation not to impose the death penalty for juveniles was assumed voluntarily when it ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which prohibit the death penalty for crimes committed by people below the age of 18,” Coleville added.

A letter from Paradise

Makwan: a letter from Paradise” is a video-poem by Roberto Malini and Dario Picciau dedicated to 21-year-old Makwan Moloudzadeh who was hung in prison on December 2007 while the international campaign to save his life was collecting signatures and gaining momentum all over the world.

Iranian Kurd Makwan Moloudzadeh was sentenced to death for rape when he was 13 years old. He was hanged on December 5, 2007 in the morning at a prison in Kermanshah province in western Iran. Makwan was executed despite teh boys who had alleged him of rape, withdrew their accusations. A judicial review and stay of execution was ordered into the sentence but ignored by local authorities. Nothing was done to the local authorities for carrying the death sentence.

In a statement titled “crocodile tears on the cheeks of divisionists” the public relations of the courts of city Kermanshah , where Makwan Moloudzadeh was executed , referred to Makwan as a “villain with background”. They referred to the execution as the mean to bring the “sense of security” and “public satisfaction”. The local judiciary blamed the “centers of creation of propaganda” for the lying about Makwan. They further blamed Makwan’s attorney for abusing words such as “innocent” and “child” in order to influence the public emotions. 

It was reported that thousands of local residents attended Makwan’s funeral. Makwan died an innocent boy. He has become a symbol, both in Iran and throughout the world, for all those who are committed to fighting the inhuman logic of the death penalty.

Thousands of activists all over the world had made a desperate appeal to the authorities and sent them white and red flowers in an attempt to stop the executioner taking his young life. At his funeral a large crowd of townspeople accompanied Makwan’s mortal remains, and prayed that his sacrifice would serve to save other human lives by inviting those in power and the judges to realise the horror of the death penalty. This video-poem was made with the support of the Moloudzadeh family, and Makwan’s Uncle Mahmoud who lives in Germany.

Two great actors have given their important contribution to the work, lending their voices to this message to humanity: Emiliano Coltorti in the Italian version; Norman Nawroski in the English version. “Makwan: a Letter from Paradise” opposes the death sentence and its terrible significance (which embodies hatred and revenge) with a respect for life; because murder constitutes, without exception, the greatest possible violation of human rights.

To read more about Makwan visit: http://scenews.blog.com/Makwan%20Moloudzadeh/


برای عاطفه سهاله دختری 16 ساله که اعدام شد

 برای عاطفه سهاله دختری 16 ساله که اعدام شد و زندگی مرا به دنبال خویش کشاند
آسیه امینی

پایین تر از دهان ابر

بالاتر از ابروی باد

تاب می خورد

پیراهنی سیاه

که طنابی به آسمانش گره می زند.

کف می زنند مردم و هورا می کشند:

” ماسورا…. ماسورا….!”

زوزه می کشد ماده گرک جوان

و نمایش تمام می شود.

Interview with attorney and brother of Reza Hejazi before his execution

Intrerview with Reza Hejazi’a brother (hours before Reza was executed):

Mino Hemati : Hello, my name is Mino Hemati, and I am calling from Rahai Zan TV. Is it possible for me to speak with the father or mother of Reza Hejazi concerning their son’s case?

Hossein Hejazi : My name is Hossaine. I am Reza’s older brother and am willing to speak with you. My mother and father are not emotionally ready to talk about the matter at this time.

Mino Hemati : I understand, thank you. You are the brother of Reza Hejazi the boy who was convicted of an underage crime and is now

sentenced to death. If you could, please tell us when and how you found out that Reza is going to be executed?

Hossein Hejazi : Reza was 13 when the incident happened. Seven or eight other people were also involved, Reza was not alone.  Even though the others had committed the stabbing, they were all able to afford expensive lawyers to free them, and my brother was the only one convicted. Now they call us a few hours before and inform us that tomorrow morning Reza will be executed. What can we possibly do in these next few hours? We have been calling all around, to his lawyer and people that we know that could possibly help us; we have nothing to offer but our own house that we can sell and give the money. My brother was just a child of 13 when he was convicted, and now that he is 18 they are going to execute him.

Mino Hemati  : So you are saying that your brother was 13 when he was convicted, and he has been imprisoned for the last 5 years?

Hossein Hejazi : I, my mother and my father are all witnesses of what they have done to my brother in prison. They beat him so much that he could not walk because the bottom of his feet was so badly bruised. Under the force that was used against him, my brother confessed to the crime that he had not really committed, so that they would stop torturing him. Now, five years later, they want to execute him and there is nothing we can do because we do not have the money.

Mino Hemati  : Mr. Hajazi, over the last 5 years has your brother Reza had any lawyers or anyone working on his case?  

 Hossein Hejazi :Yes we did have people working on his case, but a really good lawyer is very costly and our family could not afford it.

Mino Hemati  : I want to know if there has been any trial for Reza at all with any kind of lawyer that court provides for his defense.

BROTHER: Yes, there has been a trial, but Reza’s lawyer did not even speak on his behalf or defend him.

Mino Hemati : In case you weren’t informed, the execution of those who have committed crimes under the age of 18 is a direct violation of the international human rights laws and laws protecting children. Iran has signed the bill, but is still violating the law by condemning minors to the death penalty. At this time human rights activists have been notified and so have amnesty international and they are doing the best they can to prevent this illegal act of execution from taking place.

Hossein Hejazi : Please help us, Mrs. Hemati. In a few hours they are going to execute my brother. Even if he was involved in a crime when he was a child, instead of sentencing him to jail for 10 years, they have imprisoned him until he is old enough to be executed. What kind of inhumane law is this? What kind of government and society is this?

Mino Hemati  : You should feel certain that many human rights activists and organizations are working very hard on Reza’s case right now and are trying their best to save your brother’s life. Please give my regards to your mother and father; I know that they are very upset right now, because no parent wants to hear that their beloved son or daughter is sentenced to be executed, especially only a few hours before it is to happen.  I know this very difficult and heavy and I hope that this issue will be solved.

 Hossein Hejazi :My Last word is I asking Ayatollah Shahroodi to stay the execution, so we could seek the mercy of the victim’s family. Also there were many kids in that prison which their parents were crying for their lives. Thank you 


Interview with Reza Hejazi’s attorney Mohammad Mostafaei (Before he was executed ):

Mino Hemati  : Hello Mr. Mostafaee, I hope you are well. I want to interview you briefly regarding the case of Reza Hezaji. From various sources of news it has been made known that Reza Hezaji, the boy who at the age of 15 was convicted of a crime, is in danger of execution. Mr. Mostafaee, as Reza’s lawyer, do you feel that his sudden death sentence has been SOMETHING?


Mr. Mostafaee : Unfortunately, I was not informed of his sentence earlier, even though the court’s law mandates that the lawyer of the convicted must be notified at least 48 hours before the time of execution. Unfortunately his sentence was against the Iranian law, because none was informed in advance.


Mino Hemati  : How did you learn about Reza’s planned execution? Was his family notified and thus came in contact with you or did you learn from some other source?


Mr. Mostafaee : Earlier I spoke with Reza’s father and he informed me that this morning someone called from the prison where Reza was being held and told his family that at 4pm they would have to go for his hearing. When his family went to the hearing at 4pm, Reza was condemned to be executed the following morning.


Mino Hemati  : I know that there is not very much time left before he is to be executed, but have you been trying to protest it, and is there anything that can be done to prevent his execution?


Mr. Mostafaee : I am sorry to say that his sentence should have been informed to me much earlier and since I have taken up Reza’s case I have been in charge of all of the legal matters and all of the decisions of the court were expected to have been disclosed. Nobody would have guessed that the court would so quickly condemn someone under the age of 18 to death, and it has not left us enough time to perform the necessary and vital legal actions to prevent his execution.


Mino Hemati  : Mr, Mostafaee, I know that there is very little time. However, in the past human rights activists have done all that they can in short amounts of time and successfully saved lives. What can be done now, with so little time, in an attempt to prevent this sentence from being carried out so soon? Despite the international laws against using the death penalty on anyone under the age of 18, most of the people on death row were sentenced when they were underage. Can anything be done to prevent their executions? Please give us your opinion on the issue.

 To hear in Persian please click here:   مصاحبه مینوهمتی با آقای مصطفائی وکیل مدافع رضاحجازی