On Wednesday, November 24, authorities in Iran hanged another juvenile offender Arman Abdolali despite the international appeals and calls for his life to be spared, the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported. He was executed at the Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, Alborz province in the northwest of the capital Tehran.
Arman was born on March 9, 1996. He was arrested at the age of 17 due to alleged murder, to which he had admitted under torture and inhuman treatment. He later withdrew his confession. Amnesty International had called his trial “grossly unfair” by a court that “relied on torture-tainted ‘confessions.’”
The authorities executed 25-year-old Arman while they have yet to find the corpse of the victim, Ghazaleh Shaker, who went missing in 2014. Indeed, judges could never prove the murder, and this was another arbitrary execution performed by the Islamic Republic regime in Iran.
In the past couple of years, judicial authorities had transferred Arman to solitary confinement, as a regular process of execution, six times, which is considered psychological torture.
At the last time on October 16, the government once again postponed the death sentence following human rights groups’ pressure and campaigns. Rights activists and defenders had warned the international community that the execution of Arman Abdolali would violate international conventions that Iran has signed which prohibit the execution of minors.
However, in defiance of international conventions and humanitarian norms, the theocratic government in Iran implemented the death penalty, which was issued within an ambiguous and untransparent proceeding.
Arman Abdolali was not the only victim of the ayatollahs’ atrocities against their own people. According to information from human rights associations, activists, and state media, collected by Iran News Update, the Iranian government executed more than 255 prisoners, including 13 political prisoners, 10 women, and five juvenile offenders, in 2020.
Moreover, Iran Human Rights (IHR) has reported at least 64 juvenile offenders have been executed in Iran over the past ten years.
Following the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi, who has been infamous as the butcher of Tehran due to his involvement in the extrajudicial execution of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, the government accelerated the rate of death penalties to counter the growing public ire and social protests.
Based on Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM)’s report, authorities in Iran have implemented at least 305 executions in Iran in 2021 as of today, November 24. “The appointment of Ebrahim Raisi, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje’i, and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, major human rights violators, at the key positions of the power in Iran reflects the regime’s ‘new aggressive and repressive posture’ which aims to intensify repression to stifle dissent,” the report explains.