Abused by her husband, raped by brother-in-law, arrested and tortured by police at 17, and now facing execution.

22-year-old Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran could face the gallows at any time following a series of grossly unfair trials.

In 2014, Zeinab was sentenced to death by an Iranian court for killing her husband when she was just 17. The court relied on a forced confession extracted by police during interrogation.

Zeinab maintains that she was beaten by police while in detention until she confessed to murdering her violently abusive husband.

During her final trial, Zeinab tried to retract her ‘confession’ and told the judge that the deceased’s brother had raped her and committed the murder himself. She explained that her brother-in-law manipulated her into accepting responsibility under the pretence that he would pardon her as accepted under Iranian law. The court failed to investigate these allegations and upheld her death sentence anyway.

The court even upheld the death sentence in the face of the country’s juvenile sentencing laws, which restrict the use of the death penalty where the prisoner was under 18 at the time of the offence.

Zeinab has endured so much in her young life. She was diagnosed with depressive disorder, but was not given appropriate care in prison. In 2015, Zeinab married another prisoner and fell pregnant in jail. On 30 September, she gave birth to a stillborn baby due to shock. She’s now in a prison cell without any postnatal care, awaiting her execution.

Join our call on the Iranian authorities to overturn the death sentence immediately, and to grant Zeinab the fair trial that’s been grossly overdue.

Update 12/01/2017: Zeinab ended her four day hunger strike yesterday – which was in protest to a ban against her husband visiting – after being promised she could see him form 14 January onwards. A request for a retrial is still with the authorities. Meanwhile Zeinab remains on death row. Please keep taking action.

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Attention: Office of the Supreme Leader

Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei

Your excellency,

I urge you to immediately order an end to plans to execute Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran, wrongfully convicted of murdering her abusive husband.

Please ensure that her conviction and death sentence are quashed and that she is granted a fair retrial without recourse to the death penalty and in accordance with principles of juvenile justice.

I also urge you to order a prompt, independent, and thorough investigation into Zeinab’s allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by police, and ensure that any statements obtained from her under torture and other ill-treatment, coercion or without a lawyer present, are not used as evidence against her in court.

As you are aware, there is an absolute prohibition on the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by persons below 18 years of age under both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which Iran has ratified, and as a demonstration of your leadership, I call on you to immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

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