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Juvenile Offender Transferred to Solitary Confinement in Preparation for Execution

30 Dec 20
Juvenile Offender Transferred to Solitary Confinement in Preparation for Execution

Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 30, 2020: Hassan Rezaei, a juvenile convict held at Rasht Central Prison, has been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution. He was arrested and sentenced to death on murder charges when he was under 18 years old. He was transferred to solitary in preparation for his execution two weeks ago, which was delayed and he was returned to the general ward. Hassan Rezaei is at imminent risk of execution following his transfer today. 

IHR Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “In the current climate, only international pressure can save the life of juvenile offender, Hassan Rezaei. In the last hours of 2020, we call on the United Nations and European governments to put maximum effort to save his life.”

According to Iran Human Rights, Hassan Rezai, a juvenile convict on death row in Rasht Central Prison, was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution. He has been behind bars for the past 12 years after being convicted of murder and sentenced to retribution. 

Informed sources have told Iran Human Rights that Hassan was under the age of 18 years old at the time of his arrest.

Hassan was previously transferred to solitary in preparation for his execution last year but was returned to his cell after he managed to buy time from his victim’s family in accordance with the law.   

Iran is one of the few countries in the world that still carries out the death penalty for juvenile offenders. However, Article 91 of the new Islamic Penal Code, passed in 2013, grants judges the power to not issue death sentences to children who did not know and comprehend the nature of the crime or its sanctity.

According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report, in 2019, at least four children were executed in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the Islamic Republic is a signatory to.

Given the security state and repression of civil society activists and the limited contact with prisoners, it is likely that the number of juvenile executions is much higher than recorded.