In a competitive world where all the nations are more into the new era of Science & Technology, Space Exploration and other factors in the build-up to the economic development, Iran carries an unwanted record of executing children. This is deemed contrary to the spirit of human values.
It should be noted that Iran has executed at least 12 child offenders since 2018 and shockingly, 90 more children are currently sitting on death row awaiting their death punishment, according to the United Nations.
A recent assessment made by the UN’s special investigator on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman has disclosed that seven of those killed by the state in 2018 were known to be child offenders- in violation international law but in keeping with the nation’s legislation.
The death penalty can apply to children as soon as they reached the maturity stage. Digging in detail, for boys- as young as 15 and for girls- as young as 9.
Crimes judged under qisas, or retributive ‘eye for an eye’ justice, have the same sentences for all, which actually means child offenders can be punished with death for the crime of murder.
Among those to executed this year was Zeinab Sekaanvand, who became the fifth execution of a child offender on 1 October.
Convicted of killing her husband at 17, her detention and trial were ruined by claims she was a victim of domestic violence and had been forced to make a false confession while she was denied access to a lawyer.
Meanwhile, Mr Rehman added that he was totally shocked by her execution, stressing the fact that her trial raised “numerous due process concerns.”
He further added that “appealed to the Iranian authorities to abolish the practice of sentencing children to death, and to commute all death sentences issued against children in line with international law.”
Since 2013, 21 children have been sentenced to death.
Giving opinion about the execution of Ms Sekaanvand earlier this month, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights added that the “sheer injustice” of the case was “deeply shocking”. He added that the execution rate remains one of the highest in the whole world even after a drop from 507 in 2017 to 253 in 2018.
She added: “The bottom line is that she was a juvenile at the time the offence was committed, and international law clearly prohibits the execution of juvenile offenders.”
At least 100 girls found chained in Islamic school, Staff used to rape them daily, somewhere in Nigeria.
In yet another horrifying case of ‘human slavery’ in an Islamic school in Nigeria, as many as 100 innocent girls were regularly subjected to torture, sexual abuse and starvation. The victims were of different nationalities and they were chained, hung from the ceiling and smashed in a torture chamber inside the school according to the authorities.
An Islamic boarding school has turned out to be a nightmare for girls as it has been revealed as a ‘house of torture’ where students get raped by staff frequently. We are leaving it to your imagination as to how much pain the students are going through.
Shocking images from the Islamic school which are going viral on the internet depict how girls wearing ankle shackles and their hands chained together. To make things worse, the victims also have some shocking scars on their backs.
The students who are jailed and locked up inside the school are supposed to be pursuing Masters in reputed Universities but instead, their dreams are getting shattered. Many students got admission to study their respective courses but little did they know that they would get chained and experience brutal torture.
The victims’ parents within the city were totally ‘shocked and horrified’ when they saw the condition of their children, as they had no idea what was really happening inside the school. Many students have spent months inside the school with chains on their legs. This is so painful.
The staff claim to be teaching the students Quran and Islam, but they do a lot of infamous activities here as they subject the younger ones to physical torture and sexual abuse.