Iran Human Rights – At least six prisoners from different wards were transferred to solitary confinement at Rajai Shahr Prison to be executed. Omid Rostami, a juvenile offender, is one of the prisoners.
According to a close source, on the morning of Monday, February 12, at least six prisoners from different wards were transferred to solitary confinement at Rajai Shahr Prison to be executed. Most of them were sentenced to death on murder charges.
Some of them are identified as: Masoud Taghipour from ward 6, Mohammad Saleh Dolatabadi from ward 10, Morteza Shafiq from ward 10, Saeed Ranjbar from ward 10, and Omid Rostami from ward 5.
Omid Rostami is reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of murder before the age of 18. However, Iran Human Rights (IHR) has not been able to access his documents so far.
The prisoners will be certainly executed on Wednesday if they fail to gain the consent of the plaintiffs.
It is worth mentioning that at least three juvenile offenders were hanged at Rajai Shahr, Noshahr, and Bushehr prisons in January. These sentences prove that the Article 91 of the Islamic Penal Code (2013), as well as other articles related to protection of children at risk of retaliation, cannot effectively protect juvenile-offenders from execution.
“European nations, especially those who have good political and economic relations with Iranian government should not be silent about the execution of juveniles,” Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for IHR says, “We urge European Union and other nations to immediately force Iranian authorities to annul these executions and stop the execution of juveniles.”
Iran has signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which bans the execution of juveniles. Moreover, based on Article 37 the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Iran has signed, execution and life imprisonment of juveniles is banned.