Tag Archives: death row

The Ovi magazine today

Killing the death penalty by Asa Butcher

The death penalty has been a regular issue discussed among the Ovi team and there is never any harm in broaching the subject again, especially after this week’s news that an innocent man spent 26 years in prison.

Lev Semenovich Vygotsky: Thought, Language, and Children at Play by Emanuel L. Paparella
In 1958 an Italian translation of a novel written in the Soviet Union and suppressed there appeared in the West winning its author instant fame and recognition and the Nobel Prize for literature besides – the novel’s title is ‘Dr. Zhivago’.

Bloode’s Beastly Beckoning by Matt Williamson
The good Mr. Bloode bounded into his bakery, took out a clean apron, and wiped his hands upon a crisp white cloth.

Nunes Gallery: Graphics Exhibition by Alexandra Pereira
You are invited to an exhibition by Antti Jokinen, Pekka Litmanen and Taina de Carvalho (Graphics) opening on Tuesday April 22nd, 1700-1900.

Rice makes surprise visit to Iraq! by Thanos Kalamidas
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has made an unannounced visit to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. She said she hoped to see further reconciliation of the various sectarian groups in Iraq.


Filed under culture, politics

Iran’s Children on Death Row

“I am a murderer!” The young voice trembled on the other side of the telephone line. “I was 15 when I committed the murder. I regret what I did. It was an accident. Please save me! I want to live. I want to be free. I am living the last days of my life. Any day now they may take me to the noose. I want to survive. Is there anybody there who can save me?”

The short conversation fades into the distant tumult of Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, a city in southwest-central Iran, where Behnam Zare’ has been awaiting execution for three years.

In the spring of 2005, Behnam was a freshman in high school when a scuffle over pet pigeons broke out between him and his friend Mehrdad. Minutes later, Behnam had become his buddy’s murderer. He says he still has no recollection of how it really happened.

Behnam, still a minor at the time he was arrested, landed in prison. Not long after the judicial process began he was convicted of murder in the primary court and sentenced to death.

Iran is among the very few countries in which children under the age of 18 can be sentenced to death. Although a signatory to the United Nations’ International Convention on the Rights of the Child and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibit the ill-treatment and execution of children or juvenile offenders under any circumstance, the Islamic Republic still preserves for itself the right of over-ruling the treaties.

What understanding and humanitarianism can you expect from the religious freaks of Iran? I suppose this is the ideal state for them, Sharia laws!!!

Leave a comment

Filed under politics