Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 21, 2021: Death row juvenile offender Arman Abdolali has been transferred to solitary confinement in Rajai Shahr Prison in preparation for his execution for the sixth time.
Emphasising that transferring Arman for execution six times is a clear example of torture, Iran Human Rights Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam called for an immediate reaction from the international community and said: “The international community must not tolerate the torture and execution of juvenile offenders.”
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, Arman Abdolali was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution for the sixth time last night. He was last transferred back to his cell (Dar-al-Quran) on November 2.
An informed source told Iran Human Rights that his parents were deprived of the right to a last visit with their son.
Arman Abdolali was born on 9 March 1996 and was 17 years old at the time of the alleged murder in 2013. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder without a body ever being found.
Upon arrest, Arman was held in solitary confinement for 74 days where he confessed to the murder. He was subsequently tried and sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) based on the confession, without taking into consideration that he was a juvenile offender.
United Nations Human Right Experts including the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran urgently appealed to Iran to halt his execution on October 12 and demanded that Iran stop sentencing children to death.
Iran is one of the few countries in the world that still carries out the death penalty for juvenile offenders. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the Islamic Republic is a signatory to, prohibit the issuance and implementation of the death penalty for crimes committed by an individual below 18 years of age.
Yet, according to data collected by IHR and international human rights organisations, the Islamic Republic is responsible for more than 70% of all executions of juvenile offenders in the last 30 years. IHR’s statistics also show that at least 64 juvenile offenders have been executed in Iran over the past 10 years, with at least four executed in 2020.