Iran has executed a 17-year-old boy who had been tried and convicted of murder, the Norway-based Hengaw and Iran Human Rights (IHR) groups said. IHR said the execution of Hamidreza Azari took place on November 24. “It is important to note that in his previously aired forced confession and state media report, his age was given as 18,” the IHR said. It quoted the Tasnim news agency as saying the youth was convicted in an alleged “honor” killing. Iran has seen a surge in executions this year, drawing widespread condemnation, with critics saying many judgments are rushed through the judiciary while “sham” trials and forced confessions are routine.

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