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Recent publications from IHRDC on changes in Irans Islamic Penal Code Dear friends and supporters, Following the

approval of legislation by Irans Guardian Council for a revised Islamic Penal Code, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has become increasingly concerned by the circulation of false and misleading claims about the nature of these changes in Farsi language media and social networks. Some of these claims include assertions that the new Code abolishes the death penalty for juveniles and eliminates the punishment of stoning to death for the crime of adultery. Over the course of the last month, in an effort to provide accurate information about the nature of these changes, IHRDC has published several legal essays from Iranian lawyers and commentators that analyze the limitations in the revisions to the Code. Analysis of the Code as it pertains to juvenile executions In this legal essay, Iranian lawyer Mohammad Hossein Nayyeri debunks the false claim (made by a member of Irans Parliament and rapidly disseminated) that the amendments abolish juvenile execution: Click here for English Click here for Farsi This simple, easy-to-read chart shows which punishments are accorded to boys and girls under the new Code. It further demonstrates that the assertion that the death penalty for juveniles has been abolished from the Code is inaccurate: Click here for English Click here for Farsi Analysis of the Code as it pertains to stoning and the execution of women In another commentary from Iranian lawyer Mohammad Hossein Nayyeri, he explains why, contrary to popular reports, the silence of the new Islamic Penal Code on what punishment applies to the crime of adultery does not in fact mean that stoning has been abolished from the Code: Click here for English Click here for Farsi Also, in this legal commentary, Maryam Hosseinkhahwriter and women's rights defender analyzes the role of gender in the application of the death sentence as a punishment in both the old and new versions of the Islamic Penal Code:

Click here for Farsi In addition to these analyses of differences between the old and the new Code, IHRDC also published Iranian lawyer Behnam Daraeizadehs commentary on the theoretical basis on which the Iranian penal system is founded, and the extent to which these principles contradict international human rights norms: Click here for English Click here for Farsi In the coming weeks, look out for new legal commentaries published by IHRDC that address the revisions in the new Code as it relates to the laws against apostasy and homosexuality, as well as other criminal offenses punishable under Iranian law. In solidarity, Gissou Nia Executive Director Iran Human Rights Documentation Center FOLLOW US

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