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Child bride who killed allegedly abusive husband to be executed

By Justin King     Jul 5, 2014 in World
Tehran - Razieh Ebrahimi is scheduled to be executed after she shot her husband in the head while he was sleeping. She claims she suffered years of mental and physical abuse at the hands of the man she was forced to marry.
Razieh Ebrahimi was forced to marry her husband when she was 14 years old. Her family believed he would give her a good life because he was educated. A year after her wedding, she gave birth to a child. When she was 17, she shot and killed her husband. She is now 21, and sits on death row after the Iranian Supreme Court denied her request for a retrial.
She was taken from her cell to be executed, but after authorities were informed of her age at the time of her crime, the execution was halted. With the government refusing to grant her a retrial, her execution by public hanging is imminent.
Human rights organizations from all over the world have condemned the action. Under international law, minors cannot be sentenced to death. Iran’s government allows execution of girls as young as nine. Male children receive a little better treatment, but are still eligible for execution at 15.
Joe Stork, a deputy director of Human Rights Watch, publicly condemned the Iranian government’s behavior, saying that
every time an Iranian judge issues a death sentence for a child offender like Ebrahimi, he should remember he is flagrantly violating his legal responsibilities to administer justice fairly and equitably.
Human Rights Watch is calling on the Iranian government to reverse Ebrahimi’s execution order and stop all executions of minors. For the last five years, Iran has executed an average of two children each year. Only four other governments allow child executions. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan also allow the practice that violates international conventions. Hamas authorities in Palestinian controlled areas have also allowed the practice in the past.
Under Iranian law, the girl’s last chance for survival rests with her husband’s family. The family may stop the execution at any time, but so far indications are that the family wishes for the execution to proceed.
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