UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement it was concerned about reports of repeated executions in the Middle East and North Africa, some of which have killed five young men in Iran and Saudi Arabia over the past two weeks.
“In the Islamic Republic of Iran, two 17-year-old boys were reportedly executed in a prison – allegedly held – in Shiraz, south of the country, and their families and lawyers reportedly have not been informed in advance,” the statement said.
“At the same time, in Saudi Arabia, there were reports of three boys who were sentenced to death and allegedly executed on 23 April last year.”
“This is a clear violation of children’s rights,” the statement said.
According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, “The death penalty or life imprisonment is not imposed without the possibility of releasing them for crimes committed by persons under the age of 18. In case of being charged or convicted of violating the law, children must be treated with dignity and respect, Needs of people of his age “.
And stressed the “right to legal assistance and fair trial”, stressing “the importance of the States parties to the Convention adhering to the basic principles of the Convention with regard to detention, punishment and the death penalty”.
“UNICEF stands ready to support governments and judicial authorities to encourage alternative measures of detention,” the statement concluded.
Iran does not publish official statistics on the number of people executed.
But Amnesty International said in April that Iran had executed 507 people in 2017, including at least five teenagers.
While Saudi authorities have executed at least 100 people in various cases since the beginning of this year, according to an AFP count based on official data published by the official news agency.
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