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INHUMAN SENTENCING: Pakistan hangs Shafqat Hussain despite claim he was a child at time of alleged crime
4 Aug 2015
Supporters say Hussain was 14 when he was sentenced to death for the murder of a seven-year-old, after a confession he said was obtained by torture.
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IRAN: Whereabouts of juvenile offender on death row emerge five months after scheduled execution
21 Jul 2015
The whereabouts of Saman Naseem, 21, who was sentenced to death in April 2013 for alleged armed activities against the Revolutionary Guards when he was 17 years old, was unknown for five months. Amnesty International has confirmed his location, alongside news that the Supreme Court has granted him a full retrail. 
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CAMPAIGNING: Joint letter to Saudi Arabia's Minister of Justice
9 Jul 2015
Read the letter CRIN, together with other human rights organisations, sent concerning two young men sentenced to death for offences committed while children. 
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Universal Periodic Review - Session 24
1 Jan 2016
The 24th Session of the Universal Periodic Review will take place from January to February 2016
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DEATH PENALTY: Rights groups urge Pakistan to call off juvenile execution
8 Jun 2015
Shafqat Hussain is expected to be hanged on Tuesday for an offence he 'confessed' to committing after nine days of torture.  
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IRAN: Juvenile offender faces imminent execution
18 May 2015
Hamid Ahmadi was convicted of fatally stabbing a man during a group fight that took place when he was 16 years old. 
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PAKISTAN: Execution scheduled for man tortured into manslaughter ‘confession’ at 14
12 Mar 2015
After the first execution has been suspended due to internationl pressure, Shafqat Hussain has now been handed another execution warrent.
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IRAN: Illegal execution of juvenile offender
20 Feb 2015
Despite the international appeals to halt the execution, Saman Naseem was hanged on Thursday. He was arrested in 2011 at the age of 17 years.
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PAKISTAN: Man tortured into manslaughter ‘confession’ at 15 among those set for execution
18 Dec 2014
Shafqat Hussain is among a group of prisoners in Pakistan facing imminent execution.
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IRAN: Alleged juvenile offender among ten hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution
17 Dec 2014
Saman Naseem was 17 years old at the time of his alleged offence. He says he has been tortured in detention and forced to “confess”.
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CRIN STATEMENT: Extreme concern about call for reintroduction of the death penalty for children in Egypt
12 Dec 2014
The Child Rights International Network (CRIN) has become aware of a statement made by Mahmoud al-Badawi, Chairman of the...
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USA: New law to protect jailed youth in California
6 Oct 2014
California Governor signs a bill that could prevent hundreds of young offenders from enduring rape, assault, and gang life in prison.
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DEATH PENALTY: At high-level event, UN officials call for end to death penalty
26 Sep 2014
UN officials declare the continuing application of capital punishment to be a “primitive” practice which has no place in the 21st century.
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BAHRAIN: Children sentenced to life imprisonment
19 Aug 2014
Human rights group in Bahrain expresses grave concern over the ongoing targeting and prosecution of children.
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USA: Inquiry finds a ‘culture of violence’ against teenage inmates at New York's Rikers Island
5 Aug 2014
Inquiry finds that the civil rights of male teenagers were violated and that there was no protection given to the boys from the rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by correction officers.
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IRAN: Halt execution of juvenile offender, urges human rights group
16 Jul 2014
Amnesty International has urged Iran to halt the execution of a young man who was a child at the time of his alleged crime.
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DEATH PENALTY: UN Secretary-General declares that ‘death penalty has no place in 21st century'
3 Jul 2014
UN chief expresses concern about legislation in 14 countries that permits the death penalty for children.
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IRAN: Execution of juvenile offenders breaches international law, says UN human rights chief
26 Jun 2014
Navi Pillay expresses concern about large number of executions since beginning of 2014, and calls on Iran's authorities to halt the imminent execution of a juvenile offender.
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IRAN: Woman at risk of imminent execution for offence committed while 17
18 Jun 2014
Human Rights Watch calls for a halt to the execution of a woman convicted of killing her husband when she was 17. 
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MALDIVES: Teenager could face death penalty
30 May 2014
Sixteen-year-old charged with murder becomes first minor accused of capital offence since law's reintroduction.
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OPT: Killing of Palestinian teenagers in West Bank elicits UN call for prompt investigation
27 May 2014
Israeli security forces allegedly shot and killed the two Palestinian teenagers taking part in a demonstration.
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JUVENILE JUSTICE: US Attorney-General calls for an end to "excessive" use of solitary confinement
19 May 2014
US Attorney-General, Eric Holder, says placing children in solitary confinement "can be dangerous, and a serious impediment to the ability of juveniles to succeed once released."
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MALDIVES: Country should repeal new regulation providing for death penalty, says UN
30 Apr 2014
UN voices deep concern about a new regulation that effectively overturns a 60-year moratorium on the use of capital punishment and allows for children as young as seven to be sentenced to death for certain crimes.
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BRUNEI: Tough Islamic penal code introduced
30 Apr 2014
Despite the UN voicing "deep concern" about the planned changes, country will introduce law on 1 May, with proposed punishments including the severing of limbs for theft.  
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IRAN: Four juvenile executions in four days
22 Apr 2014
Human rights group says hanging of 16-year-old comes just days after execution of three other juveniles.  
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PAKISTAN: Nine-month-old baby accused of attempted murder
7 Apr 2014
Police in Lahore province charge baby with planning a murder, threatening police and interfering with state affairs.
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MACEDONIA: State prohibits all corporal punishment of children
25 Feb 2014
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has become the 36th State to ban all forms of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home. 
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SUDAN: Pregnant teenager alleging gang-rape charged with adultery
21 Feb 2014
Ethopian teenager says she was raped by seven men in August 2013, and now faces possible sentence of death by stoning.
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USA: Executions are suspended by Governor in Washington
12 Feb 2014
Death penalty gets suspended in Washington by the state governor, in a move to engage officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."
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OPT: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Custody Face Physical Violence
6 Feb 2014
Three in four Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank last year endured physical violence during arrest and interrogation, according to Defence for Children International Palestine research.
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JUVENILE JUSTICE: Australia's tough new youth crime laws spark plea for UN intervention
6 Feb 2014
New juvenile crime laws in the state of Queensland are described as violations of Australia's human rights obligations, leading to calls for UN intervention. 
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Universal Periodic Review - Session 18
27 Jan 2014
  States being reviewed: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Comoros, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Macedonia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Yemen
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