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This Thursday the United Nations and the European Union (EU) condemned the execution of a man in Iran for a crime he committed when he was 16 years old, the fourth of a minor offender this year in the country, and called Tehran to cease this practice. According to the UN, Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee was executed on Thursday morning.

According to AFP , according to Amnesty International , he was arrested in 2007, in relation to a case in which a man was stabbed to death in a fight, and spent more than 12 years on death row. “The execution of minor offenders is categorically prohibited by international law and Iran has an obligation to respect this prohibition,” said Ravina Shamdasani , a spokeswoman for the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva .

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights , Michelle Bachelet , “strongly condemns this execution,” he added. Ravi Shamdasani added that the UN Human Rights Office was appalled that the execution had taken place despite its efforts in favor of a dialogue with Tehran on the matter.

“There are extremely worrying allegations that he was convicted on the basis of a confession obtained under torture,” he said, adding that there were also “many other concerns about violations of the right to a fair trial.” For its part, the EU “strongly condemns this execution,” said the spokesman for the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell in a statement .

“In principle, the EU opposes the death penalty in all circumstances […] and calls on Iran to refrain from any future executions,” he added. Rezaiee’s execution is the fourth by a minor offender in 2020 and comes after a series of recent executions in Iran, according to Shamdasani.

Tehran’s December 12 execution of French dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam sparked international protests, with Western governments accusing Iran of abducting him abroad before trying him. The UN spokeswoman said at least eight people had been executed in various Iranian prisons during the period from December 19 to 26.

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