Five Kurdish citizens from eastern Kurdistan (Iran) were executed on Tuesday, among them a young woman who was sentenced to death penalty as juvenile.
.“The Iranian authorities must urgently halt their plans to execute Zeinab Sekaanvand,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, pleaded on Monday after the announcement of the regime’s plan was made.
Luther highlighted “she was arrested when she was just 17 years old and sentenced to death for the murder of her husband accidently, whom she married at the age of 15.”
“Not only was she a child at the time of the crime, she was subjected to a grossly unfair legal process.”
Along with Sekaanvand, four other Kurds were executed in Urmia Prison according to human rights organizations.
We do not have much details of the others victim’s crimes yet, but the names of three of the victims: Changeez Irani, Mousa Jajilou, and Salman Alilou.
According to Amnesty International, among the 23 countries that carried out death sentences in 2017, “Iran executed at least 507 people.” Over 31 of those executions were public, and five of those executed were under 18 years old. These numbers account for more than half of all recorded executions in 2017.
From March through September, Iran has hanged over 40 Kurdish citizens and sentenced just under a dozen other activists to death, according to human rights organizations.
Other recent cases that garnered international attention were that of Ramin Hussein Panahi and two cousins Loghman and Zaniar Moradi who were executed on Sep. 08 after an unfair court and torture not to mention that Ramin was executed while he was on hunger strike.