Executions of juvenile offenders

This viral shows the faces of Atefeh Rajabi, who was hanged in public in 2004 when she was 16, and the faces of Delara Derabi and Abbas Hosseini both child offenders currently on the death row

© Amnesty International, 2007

The use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18 is prohibited under international human rights law, yet some countries still execute juvenile offenders. Such executions are few compared to the total number of executions in the world. Their significance goes beyond their number and calls into question the commitment of the executing states to respect international law.

Executions of juvenile offenders since 1990
Two tables listing the executions of juvenile offenders that have been carried out in nine countries since 1990

The exclusion of child offenders from the death penalty under general international law
The death penalty against juvenile offenders (people convicted of crimes committed under the age of 18) is prohibited under customary international law and as a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens).

Children and the death penalty: executions worldwide since 1990
Cases of juvenile offenders executed since 1990 and list of the 113 countries whose laws provide for the death penalty but exclude its use against juvenile offenders.