Amnesty International reports that 19-year old Hassan Afshar was executed last month for raping another boy. But he did not admit the guilt. Afshar was arrested in 2014 along with two other youths, after they were accused of forcing a teenage boy to have sex with them by his father. However, Afshar maintained that the sexual acts were consensual and that the alleged victim had willingly engaged in same-sex sexual activities on numerous previous occasions, leading LGBT activists to claim the teen was executed simply for being gay.
Homosexuality is not legal in Iran, it can be punished with fines, imprisonment or execution. Hassan knew that he was going to die, but his family was not informed about the execution. His death marks the country’s first confirmed execution of a juvenile this year, with 160 other young offenders on death row. Iran executed at least 75 juvenile offenders between 2005 and 2015 – including 13 last year – according to Amnesty. Shockingly, Iran remains a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – which prohibits the use of the death penalty for children.
“Iran has proved that its sickening enthusiasm for putting juveniles to death, in contravention of international law, knows no bounds,” Magdalena Mughrabi – an interim deputy director at Amnesty – said. “They could not execute him quick enough.”