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Iran Leads the World in Executing Children

YOU THOUGHT THE CATHOLIC PRIESTS WERE BAD?? WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE IF WE HAD PRIESTS AS JUDGES? WELL LOOK NO FURTHER THEN IRAN.

A lot of these teens are politically active. Get em before they can get established is the right wing motto in Iran. Teen "Drug" offenses are way up since the opiets have started flowing in from Afghanistan.

Iran also boasts more political prisoners per capita then any other country in the world.
GWB for as much as he talks shit about Tehran, has done more to solidify their iron grip on Iran's people, oil, gas, agriculture then anyone else including Khomeini himself.
Thanks a lot George!!!!!!!!!
Iran Leads the World in Executing Children
New Executions Highlight Arbitrary Nature of Iranian Justice

(New York, June 20, 2007) - Iran should immediately suspend the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by children under age 18, Human Rights Watch said today. Iran is known to have executed at least 17 juvenile offenders since the beginning of 2004 - eight times more than any other country in the world.
" Iran holds the deplorable distinction of leading the world in juvenile executions, and the authorities should end this practice at once. "
Clarisa Bencomo, children's rights researcher on the Middle East at Human Rights Watch

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Iran's highest judicial authorities have repeatedly upheld death sentences handed down to juvenile offenders charged with committing crimes when they were as young as 15. Such sentences violate Iran's international treaty obligations, which prohibit the death penalty for crimes committed by people under 18. In some cases, the death sentences also violate Iranian domestic law requiring that children under 18 be tried before special juvenile courts.

"Iran holds the deplorable distinction of leading the world in juvenile executions, and the authorities should end this practice at once," said Clarisa Bencomo, children's rights researcher on the Middle East at Human Rights Watch. "The Iranian government needs to stop sending children to the gallows and start living up to its international obligations by issuing clear legislation to ban the juvenile death penalty."

Iran is known to have executed two juvenile offenders already this year. Syed Mohammad Reza Mousavi Shirazi, 20, was executed in Adel Abd prison in the city of Shiraz on April 22 for a murder he allegedly committed when he was 16. His family was not notified of the planned execution and did not see him prior to the execution.

Documents in Human Rights Watch's possession show that both the lower court and the Supreme Court acknowledged that Mousavi was wrongly tried in an adult court. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court rejected Mousavi's request for a retrial before a juvenile court, accepting the lower court's argument that it was in effect "acting in place of a juvenile court." The Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence, stating "in the light of the direct confession of the accused and the rest of the evidence presented against him, the court sees no significant flaws or shortcomings in the proceedings." Torture and ill-treatment are common in Iranian detention centers, making the court's willingness to accept a child's confession in a death penalty case particularly disturbing.

In a separate case, Iranian authorities executed 17-year-old Sa'id Qanbar Zahi in Zahedan on May 27. According to press accounts, Zahi's arrest, confession, trial, sentencing, and execution took place in the space of a few weeks. If true, these factors raise serious doubts that the 17-year-old was able to mount a meaningful defense, and raise further serious concerns about whether other basic fair trial standards were met.

Iranian officials have repeatedly stated that they are working to comply with Iran's legal obligations by ending executions of child offenders. High-ranking Judiciary officials have repeatedly said that no juvenile executions take place in Iran. On October 1, the chief of Tehran's Judiciary, Alireza Avaii, told reporters that "our current policy is that execution sentences for juveniles not be implemented and it has been a long time that any such executions have taken place."

Iranian officials also point to legislation that would establish a new legal framework for juvenile courts, pending in parliament since July 2006, and claim that it would end executions of juvenile offenders. In fact, this legislation would only offer the possibility of reducing sentences if the judge finds that the defendant is not mentally mature. The proposed legislation (Article 33) makes clear that reduction of sentences in qisas and hadd crimes, for which punishment includes execution, shall be applied "when the complete mental maturity of the defendant is in doubt." Qisas crimes are offenses against a private right where the victim is entitled to a similar retribution, and hadd crimes are offenses with punishments specified under the Islamic penal code.

Article 31.3 of the proposed law would allow a sentence of the death penalty or life imprisonment, if imposed on juvenile defendants ages 15 to 18, to be reduced to a term of imprisonment ranging from two to eight years in a juvenile correctional facility. The majority of juvenile executions in Iran are for qisas and hadd crimes, where judges would continue to have discretion to order executions, if the mental maturity of the defendant is determined by the judge not to be in doubt.

"Iran has had more than enough time to demonstrate its commitment to ending the juvenile death penalty," Bencomo said. "The government now needs to take urgent, concrete steps to end this practice."

Human Rights Watch called on the Iranian parliament to remove from the proposed law the discretion for a judge to impose the death sentence on a juvenile offender. Parliament should also pass the remainder of the proposed legislation mandating reduction of sentences as soon as possible. Human Rights Watch also urged the Council of Guardians, a clerical body with veto power over adopted legislation, not to oppose the proposed legislation.

Only Iran, Sudan, China and Pakistan are known to have executed juvenile offenders since 2004. Sudan carried out two such executions in 2005, while China executed one juvenile offender in 2004 and Pakistan executed one juvenile offender in 2006. In contrast, Iran is known to have executed at least three juvenile offenders in 2004, eight in 2005, and four in 2006. In total numbers, only China carries out more executions than Iran. On a per capita basis, Iran executes more people annually than any other country.

Two core international human rights treaties, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for crimes committed before the age of 18. Iran has ratified both treaties.

Iran, Summer of 1988: Massacre of 4500+ political prisoners 23.Jun.2007 05:02

Raheem lives

Iran, Summer of 1988: Massacre of political prisoners
2006-9-15 Author News Team


Shahrzad News: During the summer of 1988, right after the end of the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq, thousands of political prisoners were executed over a few weeks time. They were buried in mass graves in Khavaran, located in the Southern part of the capital city of Tehran.

According to Amnesty International, 4,500 political prisoners were executed during the summer of 1988 in Iran. But many families who lost relatives believe the number to be much higher. Every year, on September 1st, families go to Khavaran to lay flowers on the anonymous graves of their loved ones. Although the government has forbidden this gathering, families manage to get in to the cemetery. The following is a photo report made by the Shahrzad News photographer in Iran on September 1, 2006.


the photos of the gathering in 2006 is below:
 http://www.shahrzadnews.org/en/article.php5?id=62

Actually.............. 23.Jun.2007 14:48

Vic

Actually , the United States may be the leaders in this category. If you count being blown to bits by a bomb dropped from 5000 feet execution, or if being blown up by grenades thrown into your house by scared 18-20 year old soldiers execution , then we are # 1 ! Iraqs population is appx 60% age 17 and under. So if we have killed an estimated 660,000 Iraqis, then we have killed appx 396,000 kids. This is not counting Afghanistan , where we seem to be killing at least a dozen kids a day. And of course, when we blow up a house and kill a bunch of kids, it isnt our fault, it is the fault of the parents who live with their kids, or in other words, use them as human shields. Were the kids blown up at the Murrow Building day care in Oklahoma City there because the cowardly adults were using them as human shields ?

Iraqis Responsible For Their Own Deaths 24.Jun.2007 13:27

Hillary and Nancy

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Hillary and Hubby, the bayb killing couple 24.Jun.2007 22:06

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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/07/321649.shtml
author: Russ Hallberg Jr e-mail:e-mail:  gosh456@hotmail.com
UN sanctions in Iraq made massacres like MyLai, Vietnam unnecessary. At least one half million children had already been killed as a result of UN sanctions, before the 2003 US military invasion of Iraq.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiites, Kurds and freedom fighters were slaughtered by Iraq forces immediately after OPeration Desert Storm. This was similar to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Nazis massacred resistance forces who were also upposed to Stalinist domination.
WARM AND FUZZY BABY KILLING
Russ Hallberg Jr.

Opposition to the Iraq conquest has been tangent to the placement of US forces there. There limited reports of atrocities, such as Abu Gareb. The atrocities that have occurred since the arrival of US forces in Iraq are minor, in comparison to the preemptive infanticide and pedocide that occurred during the previous 12 years.  http://www.geocities.com/iraqinfo/sanctions/sanctions.html

Water treatment facilities were selected as "militarily strategic" targets in the onslaught of Operation Desert Storm in 1989. This action was followed by UN sanctions which prevented the replacement of equipment and chemicals necessary to supply the Iraqi population with clean drinking water. As a result, half a million Iraqi children died. This infanticide by the "humanitarian" UN was somehow connected to ridding the world of the evil Saddam Hussein.

Another case of genocide occurred after the victory of liberating Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm. The Republican Guard forces had suffered minor loses in Desert Storm. The majority of losses were by Iraqi conscript forces. They had little heart for fighting and supporting the Hussein regime.  http://www.polishresistance-ak.org/6%20Article.htm

Expecting US support, thousands of Shiites, Kurds and Iraqi resistance freedom fighters rose up against Saddam Hussein's forces. Instead of support, they were left as open targets for the Republican Guard.  https://research.maxwell.af.mil/papers/ay1999/awc/99-149.pdf This writer noticed the parallel to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Stalin's forces were winning against the retreating Germans in Poland. They approached the outskirts of Warsaw. The Polish underground freedom fighters rose up against their Nazi overlords. Instead of advancing to aid their "allies", the Soviet forces stopped across the river from Warsaw. The Nazis slaughtered the freedom fighters in Warsaw.

The Warsaw freedom fighters were not Stalinists. They would have resisted a Stalinist dictatorship, just as they resisted the Germans. It was convenient for them to be slaughtered by the German enemy, making it easier to subjugate the Polish people under Russian rule.

The post Desert Storm uprising in Iraq served a similar purpose. The forces that would have made an independent, democratic Iraq were slaughtered. What are left are people subjugated to US interests.


The majority of the militarily strategic deaths of Iraqi children occurred during the US respite from rule by the Bush family. President Clinton was absolved from his responsibility for this carnage by the convenient discovery of his sperm cells on Monica Lewinsky's dress.

The genocide of women and children in Vietnam was confirmed by the photographic evidence from the MyLai massacre.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:My_Lai_massacre.jpg. Word of mouth had already labeled returning GIs from Southeast Asia as "baby killers." In cosmopolitan locations like New York, California and even our own Portland, returning GIs were advised not to wear their uniforms. The GIs were spat upon by the outraged US citizens.

Hugh Thompson was a helicopter commander who rescued some Vietnamese civilians at MyLai. Vilified for thirty years, he has recently lectured to West Point cadets about ethics under fire.

Soldiers in the present occupation of Iraq have been spared the gruesome task of massacring entire villages. This would be a difficult secret to keep, in the open plains of Iraq instead of the jungles of Vietnam. The preemptive slaughter of a half million Iraqi children by bad water made this unpleasant job unnecessary. Returning US soldiers have been spared the label of "baby killers." No one is spat upon, least of all the world leaders who made this semi-secret slaughter possible.