Clerical regime ruling Iran is blamed for executing juveniles and having the highest number of execution per capita in the world.
Having said that, another young prisoner has been sentenced to death in Sanandaj Prison, the number of inmates in this prison sentenced to death for committing crimes in their juvenile years has increased to five.
A young prisoner (K.N.), detained in Sanandaj Prison, who committed a crime when he was at the age of 17 years and 9 months, was sentenced to qisas (execution) for murder.
A relative of this prisoner said, “He was born in May 1997 and in a street fight in 2014 he murdered an individual whom he didn’t even know. He was aged 17 years and 9 months at the time.”
It is worth noting that four other individuals arrested in their juvenile years are also on death row in this prison. The charges raised against them has been stated as unpremeditated murder. Their identity and age at the time of murder and/or detention is reported as :
1. Yousef Mohammadi, born in 1995, arrested at the age of 14, on death row in Sanandaj Prison
2. Himan Uraminejad, born in 1997, arrested at the age of 17 years and 9 months, murder occurred in 2011, on death row in Sanandaj Prison
3. Siavosh Mahmoudi, born in 1995, arrested at the age of 17, on death row in Sanandaj Prison, claims to have murdered in self-defense against rape
4. Amanj Hosseini (Oveisi), arrested at the age of 17, on death row in Sanandaj Prison
It is worth noting that an individual who has committed a crime under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile, according to human rights covenants.
The punishment of juveniles in Iran, including death sentences in various cases, including clashes and murder, smuggling narcotics and … has always been a serious challenge regarding human rights violations in Iran.