Also Today from UK Gay News
& USA Accounted for 78% of World’s Child Executions
1990 - 2005
And while the world focuses on Iran following last week’s execution of two gay teens, it should not be forgotten that the United States executes more people convicted of crime committed when they were under 18 years old than any other country – almost half (45 per cent of the world total), until the US Supreme Court ruled such execution unconstitutional earlier this year.
Between January 1990 and this year, Amnesty International documented 42 executions of child offenders in eight countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo (one execution), Nigeria (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Yemen (1), China (2), Pakistan (3), Iran (14) and the USA (19).
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 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; …”
USA. Signed the Convention on February 16, 1995 but
not yet ratified (Somalia is the only other country not to ratify). Supreme
Court ruled child executions unconstitutional March 1, 2005.
Iran. Signed the Convention September 5, 1991.
According to Amnesty International, the Iranian authorities have been considering legislation that would prohibit the use of the death penalty for offences committed by persons under the age of 18for the past four years. Currently, Article 1210(1) of Iran’s Civil Code, the ages of 15 lunar years for boys and nine lunar years for girls are set out as the age of criminal responsibility.
far this year, Iran has executed at least four persons for crimes committed
when they were children including one who is still a child,”
an AI spokesperson said.
International has recorded 42 executions so far in 2005, but the true number
could well be higher.
Statistical sources: Amnesty International and OCHCR (UN).
Amnesty International website
Supreme Court of the United States. Ruling that executions of persons under the age of 18 when crime was committed was unconstitutional.
Iran Majlis Deputies Endorse Execution of Minor.
13:00 (UK) July 21: Iran Executes Two Gay Teens In Public Hanging (UK Gay News)
July 21 update from PageOneQ.com
22:00 (UK) July 22: Condoleezza Rice Urged to Condemn Execution of Gay Iranian Teens. The Human Rights Campaign sent a letter today to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking her to condemn the recent execution of two gay teens in Iran as well as other horrific human rights abuses against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people across the globe.
19:45 (UK) July 23: Following Gay Executions, Putin Asked to Stop Diplomatic and Trade Relations With Iran. Russian gay leaders have sent a letter to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, asking him to condemn executions of teenage gays in Iran on July 19.
20:30 (UK) July 23: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Condemns Execution of Gay Iranian Teens. Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, has condemned the execution of two teenagers in Iran earlier this week.
18:00 (UK) July 26: Activists Condemn Execution of Gay Teens. Human rights groups the world over have strongly condemned the recent execution of two gay teenagers in northeastern Iran.
23:00 (UK) July 26: Despite Executions, There Is Hope For Gays in Iran. Gay Iranians speak from inside Iran to Nikolai Alekseev, head of GayRussia.ru, about life in their country in the wake of the horrific execution of two gay teens last week. [This is a "reposting" of the GayRussia.ru originally published yesterday]
11:00 (UK) July 27: Executed Gay Iranian Teens: London Embassy Protest Set. A London protest over the execution of two gay teenagers in Iran has been arranged by gay human rights group Outrage! for Thursday August 11 outside the Iranian Embassy in Prince’s Gate, SW7. Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were publicly executed by hanging last week in Mashhad, north east Iran on, July 19.
19:00 (UK) August 1: Gay Media's Failure to Accurately Report Adds to Growing Hatred Towards Islamic World. Op-Ed by Faisal Alam. In the wake of the recent London bombings, the Western world has been propelled into another vicious cycle of revenge against Muslims and the Islamic world. While mainstream media around the world have more accurately represented the outpouring of condemnation by Muslim organizations and institutions against the attacks in London, the gay and lesbian media in the U.S. has unfortunately succumbed once again to the false belief that Islam condones acts of violence including suicide bombings, executions of civilians and even the killing of homosexuals.