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Arsalan Yasini, child offender executed in Urmia Central Prison

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, August 17, 2020 / The death sentence of Arsalan Yasini, a child offender incarcerated in Urmia Central Prison, was carried out on murder charges.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Arsalan Yasini, a child offender accused of premeditated murder and imprisoned in the counseling ward of Urmia Central Prison, who had previously been sentenced to retaliation (qisas) by the Supreme Court, was executed this morning, Monday, August 17, 2020.

Arsalan Yasini, a resident of Naqadeh in West Azerbaijan Province, was arrested by the Law Enforcement forces in 2010 on charges of killing two of his relatives, and was sentenced to death penalty after being interrogated and tried. After referring the case to the Supreme Court, it was upheld.

The death row prisoner was transferred from the counseling ward of Urmia Central Prison to a solitary confinement on August 16 (2020) to be executed.

According to the annual report by Amnesty International in 2019, the Iranian government executed at least 251 people. At least 4 of those executed were under the age of 18 at the time of crime. However due to the lack of transparency of the authorities, it is difficult to find out the actual number of executions in this country and it may be much higher than the announced figures.

According to international instruments of human rights, as well as Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Based on the statistics published by human rights organizations, Iran is one of the countries with the highest per capital executions, and in the world rankings, Iran has the highest number of annual executions after China.

On February 18, 2020, Amnesty International released a report interpreting human rights abuses in Iran, stating in a part of the report on the issuance and execution of death sentences: The death penalty continues to be used for acts permitted by international human rights law, including sexual intercourse with consensual homosexuals and sexual intercourse outside of marriage. The death sentence also continues for crimes such as insulting the Prophet of Islam, muharebeh (waging war against God), and corruption on earth, which have very vague definitions.

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