Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. D.KHatinoglu / Despite the UN convention on human rights, Iran continues to execute under 18s.
" Iran must immediately abolish child execution," Mina Ahadi, an Iranian human rights activist, said.
The Amnesty International human rights protection organization censured the death penalty announced against Makvan Moloudzadeh, a 13 year old accused of rape. The organization demanded the release of the boy.
Today Moloudzadeh is charged with the rape of several boys committed seven years ago.
The organization is against execution and repeatedly appealed to international human rights protection organizations, particularly due to the release of Moloudzadeh, Ahadi said in an interview by telephone to Trend news agency on 21 November.
Rot Yotner of Amnesty International expressed alarm at the sentences against under 18 year olds, as well as the case of 25 children who were executed in Iran in 1990. Three children were executed in 2007. At present, about 77 children have been sentenced to the death penalty in Iran.
Ahadi said that the number of children executed exceeds 250. Amnesty International based the facts on official statistics; however, the company has not detailed information about the number of children sentenced to death.
Shahrudi, the Iranian Justice Minister took into consideration internal and foreign protest against Moloudzadeh's execution and ordered a temporary stay of execution.