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One Person’s Story

Reza Ganjlu


Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 26, 2014
Location of Killing: Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unknown charge
Age at time of alleged offense: 16

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Reza Ganjlu, along with five others, was published on the website of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran on March 4, 2014. According to this report, official sources did not report the names of the other five defendants and all these executions took place secretly.  

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment against those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. As a party to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran has the obligation to avoid capital punishment for an offence committed before the age of eighteen.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Ganjlu was under 16 years old when arrested in 2009. He was detained in Section Five, known as the Youth Section, of the Gohardasht Prison in Karaj for four years. He was transferred to solitary confinement on February 25, 2014. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Ganjlu’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Ganjlu is not known.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Ganjlu.


No information is available on Mr. Ganjlu’s defense.


Mr. Reza Ganjlu was hanged, along with five others, in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on February 26, 2014.

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