Amnesty International on Monday urged Iran to desist from the execution of a young man arrested at the age of 17 and sentenced to death in what the human rights organization calls “grossly unfair trial“.
Arman Abdolali has been placed in solitary confinement at Karaj prison, west of Tehran, pending his scheduled execution on Wednesday, the London-based organization said in a statement.
“Time is running out, Iranian authorities must immediately stop Arman Abdolali’s execution plan“said Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“The use of the death penalty against minors at the time the crime was committed is prohibited by international law and constitutes a heinous violation of the rights of the child.“, she said in the press release.
Convicted of murdering his girlfriend
Arman Abdolali was sentenced to death in 2015 after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend during a trial “grossly unfair“, “based on ‘confessions’ obtained under torture“, according to Amnesty which calls for”to break” The verdict.
Arman Abdolali was sentenced to death again in 2020 during a new trial, the court finding that it was impossible to establish the “maturity“of the teenager at the time of the facts, and that he was therefore responsible in the absence of evidence to the contrary, says Amnesty.
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His execution has already been planned twice, in January 2020 and in July 2021, but his killing has each time been stopped after international mobilizations, specifies the organization.
“We urge the international community, including the United Nations and the European Union, to intervene very quickly“, adds the NGO. Tehran is regularly condemned by the United Nations and international organizations for the executions of people convicted of crimes committed when they were minors, in violation of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by Tehran.
More than 80 minors “on death row”
“More than 80 juvenile offenders wait on death row, at least four of whom face imminent execution“, had been worried in June the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.
According to the UN, the Iranian authorities executed in 2020 at least four people convicted of murders committed when they were minors.