Unconfirmed reports from Iran are today suggesting that a young woman has
been sentenced to death by hanging. According to
IranPressNews.com (Persian only), her name is Delaraam and she was 17
when she allegedly committed the crime. It is not clear if the execution
has taken place.
not reported what crime she has been found guilty of committing – or even
whether the lesbian ‘factor’ is involved. But she is said to have been kept
in prison for two years.
- December 28: Report from Iran says that the young woman was
convicted of murdering another woman in 2003., a charge she has repeatedly
The International Convention on the
Rights of the Child, adopted by resolution 44/25 on November 20, 1989
at the Forty-fourth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations,
signed by Iran 14 years ago and subsequently ratified, clearly states:
Article 37. “States Parties shall ensure that: (a) No child shall be
subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without
possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons
below eighteen years of age; …”
IranPressNews also reports
that two other Iranians are to be hanged in public tomorrow (Wednesday) in
the city of Ahvaz in the southern province of Iran at 7 am. The place of
hanging is said to be near a terminal in the Se Rahe Tapeh (the Tapeh
three-ways). Again, the conviction are not known.
■ Iran has executed
several gays this year,
including two teenagers in July.