As a response to the horrendous news that Zeinab Sekaanvand, a 24-year-old Iranian Kurdish women has been executed in the Urumieh central prison this morning, Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa and Amnesty International’s Research, Philip Luther said that this death is a sickening demonstration of the disregard of the juvenile justice’s principles and also the international human rights law by authorities of Iran. Zeinab was only 17 years when she had been arrested. Her execution is nothing but unjust. He says that it shows the contempt of the authorities for the rights to life of the children. The primary fact is that her death sentence was followed by a grossly unfair trial which makes her execution more outrageous.
Zeinab Sekaanvand had stated that soon after she had been married at the age of 15, she has asked for help from the authorities regarding her violent husband. She had also complained that her brother-in-law had raped her repeatedly. Rather than investigate the allegations that had been made by Zeinab Sekaanvand, the authorities ignored and didn’t provide her with any kind of support as the victim of the sexual and domestic violence.
After her husband’s murder, Zeinab Sekaanvand mentioned that she has been interrogated and tortured by the male police without even the presence of lawyers. At the time of the final trial sessions, where she had been provided with the lawyer for the first time, she retracted her confession that she made earlier that she killed her husband and said that she had been coerced to do it. Irrespective of this, the judge didn’t order further investigation and thereby sentenced her to death.
It seems like the authorities of Iran is scheduling the execution of people who had been kids during the time of the crime at a very short notice in order to reduce the effect of efficacious private and public intervention.