IRAN - 12 December 2005 - Imminent execution
Rostam Tajik (m), Afghan national, aged 20
Rostam Tajik was publicly executed on 10 December in a park in the
city of Esfahan, central Iran.
He had reportedly been sentenced to qisas (retribution specified
by the victim's family) by Branch 9 of the General Court of
Esfahan for the May 2001 murder of a woman, carried out when he
was 16 years old. The sentence had reportedly been upheld by the
On 9 December, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or
arbitrary executions of the United Nations Commission on Human
Rights, Philip Alston, called on the Iranian authorities not to
proceed with the execution.
He reportedly said, "At a time when virtually every other country
in the world has firmly and clearly renounced the execution of
people for crimes they committed as children, the Iranian approach
is particularly unacceptable ... It is all the more surprising
because the obligation to refrain from such executions is not only
clear and incontrovertible, but the Government of Iran has itself
stated that it will cease this practice."
No further action is requested from the UA network. Many thanks to
all who sent appeals.