Iranian Girl Executed for Violating Chastity Laws

A 16-year old Iranian girl was recently executed for violating Iran’s chastity laws. According to Amnesty International, Ateqeh Rajabi was publicly hung in August on a street in Neka, Iran for “acts incompatible with chastity.”

Rejabi was sentenced to death three months ago by a lower court in a northern province of Iran. Her death sentence was then upheld by the Supreme Court of Iran. Amnesty International “is alarmed that this execution was carried out despite reports that Ateqeh Rajabi was not believed to be mentally competent, and that she reportedly did not have access to a lawyer at any stage,” reports the Persian Journal.

According to Amnesty International, Iran is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which state people under the age of 18 cannot be executed.

Meanwhile, Iran’s newly elected parliament is working to reverse progress made to improve women’s rights in the country. The new parliament is imposing more restrictions on women’s rights and denying earlier efforts for gender equality and women’s inheritance rights. The new parliament is also rejecting calls made to ratify the Convention To Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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Amnesty International Public Statement 9/23/04; Persian Journal 8/26/04; Feminist Daily News Wire 9/22/04

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