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Posted: 13 November 2006

Nazanin Fateh

Iran continues to sentence child offenders to death, despite joining international treaties that make this illegal. It was the only country to execute children in 2005. In 2006, it shares this position with Pakistan - the only other country to have executed a child so far this year.

According to AI figures, Iran executed eight child offenders in 2005. It carried out its first child execution of 2006 on May 13 with the hanging of an unnamed 17-year-old boy. He was executed along with an unnamed 20-year-old man, in Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province. They had reportedly been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old boy.

Iran shows little sign of curbing its use of the death penalty on child offenders. Nazanin Fatehi, aged 18, remains at risk of losing her life after being sentenced to death in 2005 for killing a young man. The man, along with others, allegedly attacked and tried to rape her and her niece.

Speaking in tears at the trial, Nazanin Fatehi said: "I wanted to defend myself and my niece. However, I did not want to kill that boy. At the heat of the moment I did not know what to do because no one came to our help." The Supreme Court later rejected the sentence she received in June, and her case is currently being retried.

Ne'mat, aged 17, faces execution for a crime committed when he was 14. He was arrested in 2003 for the murder of his brother-in-law - a crime he confessed to after a lengthy interrogation. It is not known where he is held.


Please write, urging the Iranian authorities to commute immediately the death sentences of Ne'mat, Nazanin Fatehi, and any other individuals sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18.


His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Sharh
Tehran, Iran
Fax: 011 98 21 3 311 6567.

To find out what else you can do for Nazanin Fatehi, see www.helpnazanin.com

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