The UN yesterday voiced outrage at the execution of a man in Iran who was only 16 when he committed his alleged crime, marking the fourth juvenile offender put to death in the country this year.
The UN human rights office said that Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee was executed early yesterday.
It did not provide further details about Rezaiee or the crime he was convicted of, allegedly committed when he was 16.
But according to Amnesty International, he was arrested in 2007 in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in a brawl and had spent more than 12 years on death row.
"The execution of child offenders is categorically prohibited under international law and Iran is under the obligation to abide by this prohibition," UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in a statement.