Shayan Saeedpour, Child – The offender imprisoned in Saqez Prison was executed
Human Rights in Iran – On 21 April 2020, juvenile offender Shayan Saeedpour was executed in Iran, after being sentenced to death in October 2018 in connection with a fatal stabbing. He was 17 years old at the time of the crime that occurred in August 2015.
According to Human Rights in Iran- today early in morning on Tuesday, April 21st 2020, Saeed Shayanpour , born in August 21st 1999, the juvenile offender, jailed in Central Prison of Saqqez, was executed.
This juvenile offender prisoner was sentenced to death in 2015, on the charge of murder, when he only was 15. He was arrested after Killed Suleiman Azadi, and during the interrogation and prosecution, was sentenced to death. After referring his case to the Supreme Court, it was absolutely upheld there. During the recent uprisings in Central Prison of Saqqez, he had managed to escape, but he was rearrested after some days and was transferred in a punitive measure to Central Prison in Saqqez.
Article 91 of Iran’s Penal Code authorities judges to use their discretion and not issue a death sentence against a minor who was not able to comprehend the nature and consequences of the crime at the time it has been committed.
Death penalty sentences for and executions of juvenile offenders are inconsistent with Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Capital punishment also fails to act as a deterrent to crime. Any miscarriages of justice are irreversible.
Based on the annual report of International Amnesty in 2019, the Iranian regime executed at least 251 persons, which 4 of them were under 18 at the time of crime. However due to the lack of clarity between the authorities, it is difficult to find the actual number of executions in this country and the number many be much higher than what is announced.
According to the International Instrument of Human Rights and also Article 5 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one should be behaved in a manner that leads to their loss of respect and to their humiliation.
According to statistics released by Human Rights Defender Organizations, Iran is one of the countries with the highest number of executions, and after China it has the highest annual executions.
On Tuesday February 18th 2020, Amnesty International released a report, describing Human Rights violation in Iran, and in a part of this report, about the death sentences declared: ” The execution sentence is still considered for the actions that are permitted according to Human International Codes. Actions including same-sex sexual intercourse with reciprocal consent and extra-marital sex. The issuance of death sentence for crimes such as ” Insulting the Prophet of Islam ” and ” Enmity ( Moharebeh ) against God” and ” Corruption on the earth ” are subjects with a very vague definitions