Amnesty International has announced that a 24-year-old girl, Zainab Skanond, was executed by the Iranian authorities on Tuesday morning.
Zainab was a minor when she was arrested and did not receive a fair trial, the organization said in a tweet on Twitter. In her appeal to my mentor Ali Khamenei and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif, she called for a moratorium on the death penalty against children.
Philip Luther, director of research and lobbying activities in Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa division, called on Iranian authorities to stop the execution, which he said was issued after an “unfair trial.”
According to the statement, Zaynab was under 18 years old at the time of the crime, denied access to a defense lawyer and tortured to gain forced confessions.
Amnesty International says Zainab was arrested in February 2012 after being charged with murdering her husband, who married him at the age of 15.
According to the organization’s reports, the accused was detained at a police station after the crime for 20 days, where she was reportedly beaten by male police officers. She “confessed” to her husband that she had physically and verbally abused her husband for months, Divorce.
Amnesty International considers that Zainab’s trial was “unfair”. The courts did not apply the principles of juvenile justice under the Iran Penal Code of 2013 and did not submit a legal report to assess its “growth and mental maturity” at the time of the crime.
The Iranian courts also failed to retry her when she was 18 or told her that she could file a “retrial” under Article 91 of the Penal Code.
The human rights organization says Iran’s penal code severely curtails the precautionary measures required by juvenile offenders under international human rights law.