Regime officials at Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, southern Iran told Tajiki’s family that they should visit him for the last time before Wednesday.

This is the second time that the Regime has threatened to hang Tajiki this year; previously they were planning to hang him on May 15, but backed down after international pressure.

At the time, Amnesty International explained that Tajiki was convicted on the basis of “confessions” extracted under torture which he retracted in court and urged the regime to stop the execution.

James Lynch, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International, said: “Imposing the death penalty on someone who was a child at the time of the crime flies in the face of international human rights law, which absolutely prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes committed under the age of 18. It is particularly horrendous that the Iranian authorities are adamant to proceed with the execution when this case was marked by serious fair trial concerns and primarily relied on torture-tainted evidence”.

He added: “Iran’s bloodstained record of sending juvenile offenders to the gallows, routinely after grossly unfair trials, makes an absolute mockery of juvenile justice and shamelessly betrays the commitments Iran has made to children’s rights. The Iranian authorities must immediately halt this execution and grant Alireza Tajiki a fair retrial where the death penalty and coerced ‘confessions’ play no part”.

The human rights group released a statement on May 12, in which they reiterated the chilling fact that 970 people were executed in 2015. Despite the myth of moderation, Iran continues to execute children in violation of international law.

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