17 year old Alireza Molla-Soltani was hanged at around 4.55 am on Wednesday 21st September 2011, in Karaj’s Golshahr Square in Iran.
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Christine Crowstaff, founder of Safe World.
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UK Foreign Office
'I am appalled by the images of the public execution today in Iran of Alireza Molla-Soltani.
'He was only a 17-year-old boy and to be subjected to one of the worst forms of execution, suspension strangulation, is abhorrent.
'This form of punishment has no place in the modern world. Iran’s own President Ahmadinejad has previously declared that Iran does not execute children under 18 years of age.
'To do so contravenes the international obligations Iran has signed up to.
'I call again on the Iranian authorities to end these inhumane practices.'
UK Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt
'Executing juvenile offenders is strictly forbidden under international treaties that Iran has signed up to.'
Amnesty deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
“We are outraged at the execution practice in Iran despite the international community’s and our repeated calls for a moratorium,”
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns;
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed;
UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul;
UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez.