UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Iran to abide by the international law and immediately halt all executions of people sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under 18.
According to the UN, during the first month of 2018, three people have been executive for crimes they committed when they were 15 or 16 years old. This compares to the execution of a total of five juvenile offenders during all of 2017. Currently, a number of other juvenile offenders are also believed to be in danger of imminent execution in Iran, with a total of 80 individuals on death row for crimes they committed as a minor.
Zeid said, "The execution of juvenile offenders is unequivocally prohibited under international law, regardless of the circumstances and nature of the crime committed."