Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Farhad Durkanlu


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 28, 2015
Location of Killing: Orumieh Prison, Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of offense: Under 18

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Farhad Durkanlu, along with seven others, was published on the website of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network on September 17, 2015. Mr. Durkanlu was under 18 when the crime took place.

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

The circumstances of Mr. Durkanlu’s arrest and detention are not known.


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


The charge brought against Mr. Durkanlu was announced as “murder.”        

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.   

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Durkanlu.


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


Mr. Farhad Durkanlu was hanged in Orumieh Central Prison on July 28, 2015. No specific information is available about his execution.

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