Iran

Sadegh Souri

Sadegh Souri was born on July 29th, 1985 in Nahavand City, Hamedan province of I.R. Iran. He received his BA in Photography and Cinematography from the University of Applied Science and Technology. He started working on artistic projects in 2005 and established four solo exhibitions in 2009, 2011, and 2012. He is a member of the Iranian Youth Cinema Society, the National Iranian Photographers Society, the Iranian Photojournalists Association, and the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique. 

Waiting Girls

In Iran, the death penalty is given to children for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking, and armed robbery. According to the Islamic Penal Law, the age when girls are held accountable for their crimes is 9 years old, while the international conventions have banned the death penalty for individuals under 18.

Pursuant to the passing of new laws in recent years, the Iranian Judiciary System detains children in a Juvenile Delinquents Correction Centre after their verdict. Those with minor crimes are freed after carrying out their term and those who are sentenced to death are hanged after reaching 18 if the next of kin (private complainants) do not take back their complaints. At the time of the shooting, some girls were waiting for their execution. However, some of the next of kin (private complainants) withdrew their complaints and some of the girls were freed. They are living their normal lives now and this project still continues.

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