x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

UN rights office slams Iran for executing juvenile

A spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says the Geneva-based agency is 'deeply dismayed' about the execution of Ali Naderi last week.

GENEVA // The UN human rights office has criticised Iran over the reported execution of a juvenile offender.

A spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says the Geneva-based agency is "deeply dismayed" about the execution of Ali Naderi last week.

UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly said today that the "death penalty cannot be imposed for crimes committed by persons below 18 years of age".

Naderi was 17 when he was allegedly involved in the murder of a woman about four years ago.

Pouilly said the UN rights office was also concerned about five other men who appear to be at risk of imminent execution despite "serious concerns about the fairness of their trials and allegations that they were subjected to torture".

She says Iran carried out at least 55 executions in 2012.