Qisas

Alleged Juvenile Offender at Risk of Imminent Execution

(October 12, 2015) –The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has learned that the execution of Fatemeh Salbehi, a woman convicted of murdering her husband when she was 17, is imminent. Salbehi, who had married her second husband as a result of family pressure, was in her high school’s library when she was arrested in April 2009. During subsequent interrogations, she admitted to killing her husband. But Salbehi had not been afforded access to counsel at the time that she confessed. Salbehi later retracted her confession and stated that she had made the confession under duress. ... Read more

Qisas: A Law for Injustice

In this commentary, IHRDC Legal Advisor Hossein Raeesi analyzes a murder case and the court documents corresponding thereto, which reveal how the legal remedy of qisas [the principle of retaliatory punishment] entrenches blatant, systemic, and structurally-entrenched violations of human rights in Iran. ... Read more

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