Iran | Death Penalty According to Shariah Law

Chapter III of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran contains provisions related to the rights of the people.  In this Chapter, Article 22 states: “The dignity, life, property, rights, domicile, and occupations of people may not be violated, unless sanctioned by law.” However, the number of crimes punishable by death in Iran is among the highest in the world. Charges such as “adultery, incest, rape, sodomy, insulting the Prophet Mohammad and other great Prophets, possessing or selling illicit drugs, theft and alcohol consumption for the 4th time, premeditated murder, moharebeh (waging war against God), efsad-fil-arz (corruption on earth), baghy (armed rebellion), fraud and human trafficking” are capital offences.[1] Many of the charges punishable by death cannot be considered as “most serious crimes” and do not meet the ICCPR standards.[2] Murder, drug possession and trafficking, rape/sexual assault, moharebeh and efsad-fil-arz and baghy are the most common charges resulting


February 12, 2008: the International mobilisation to save two youths sentenced to death in Iran for homosexuality continues.

In only a few days more than 12,500 people have signed the petition (www.petitiononline.com/irangay) to the Iranian authorities to save the lives of Hamzeh Chavi and Loghman Hamzehpour.

The two boys, 18 and 19 years old, were arrested in Sardasht, in Azerbaijan Iran, on January 23, 2008, charged with "mohareb" and "lavat" (being an enemy of Allah and sodomy). They confessed, under torture, to being in love and now risk being executed.

The Trans-National and Trans-Party Non Violent Radical Party, with Hands Off Cain, have joined the EveryOne Group initiative. A letter was sent to Abolfazl Zohrevand, the Ambassador in Italy to the Islamic Republic of Iran, asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the case of the two youths that has provoked outrage around the world, as well as concerns over the current violation of human rights in Iran.

Source: radicali.it, 12/02/2008

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