|Nov 15, 2007 at 04:12 PM|
|On Nov. 15, 2007 a briefing was organized at the UN Church Center to shed light on execution of minors and the high number of execution sentences issued recently in Iran for those whose alleged crime was done under the age of 18. This briefing took place on the day news reports from Iran stated that Mohammad Reza Turk, will be executed on November 15th. Two years ago he was sentenced to retribution for murder when he was 16 yrs old. On Nov. 17th Jomhouri Islami reported that Turk, now 18, was hanged among with 3 others in the prison yard in the western city of Hamedan.On Nov. 20st, the representative of Canada, the main sponsor of a draft resolution on human rights violations in Iran expressed in the 3rd committee, “Just five days ago, Iran had executed a young man for a crime he had committed when he was only 16 years old. The Assembly had to have a voice when the people of Iran had been denied one…”
Execution of prisoners for crimes committed under the age of eighteen is in breach of international conventions such as International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as Covenant on Civil and Political Rights signed by Iran in 1975.
Paula Corrado, President of WFF moderated the event. She is a former flight attendant for American Airlines who has won a class action suit before the U.S. Supreme Court on women’s right to work after marriage and motherhood
Panelists:Mitra Saeedi Samani, WFF board of directors, and a former political prisoner in Iran presented the WFF case study of minors that have been execution and cases of girls and boys being issued execution sentences.
WFF board of directors, and a former political prisoner in Iran presented the WFF case study of minors that have been execution and cases of girls and boys being issued execution sentences.Clare Lopez, Middle East expert spoke about the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp which is the main organ of the regime’s suppression. The IRGC has been responsible for the arrest, jailing, torture, and killing of thousands upon thousands of Iranian dissidents—among whom have been children barely in their teens, pregnant women, and mentally handicapped individuals.