UN chief urges Iran to halt executions

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UNITED NATIONS, New York: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on Iran to impose a moratorium on executions after two juvenile offenders were hanged in the past two weeks. Ban said he was “deeply saddened” by the executions and recalled that Tehran had signed two international conventions outlawing the death penalty for children under 18. Fatemeh Salbehi, a 23-year-old woman, was hanged in the province of Fars on October 13 after being found guilty for killing a man she had been forced to marry when she was just 16. A week earlier Samad Zahabi was hanged in Kermanshah province for shooting a fellow shepherd when he was just 17. Ban said he was “concerned that these two executions reflect a worrying trend in Iran,” where he said more than 700 people have reportedly been executed so far this year, including at least 40 publicly.

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