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Christoph Strasser was denied entry into Azerbaijan.
STRASBOURG, France -- A controversial report on political prisoners in Azerbaijan has been voted down at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The vote on January 23 was 125 votes to 79.

The report was prepared by German Social Democrat Christoph Strasser, who has drawn up a list of 85 alleged political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

On January 23, in an addendum to the report, Strasser said 35 of the people on the list had since been released.

Azerbaijan's delegation has strongly opposed the report.

Delegates from a number of other countries had also voiced doubts about its usefulness, citing persistent ambiguities about the definition of a political prisoner as well as questions about whether some on the list are in prison.

Strasser, who was denied entry into Azerbaijan, has demanded that Baku resolve the cases of the people on the list without demanding admissions of guilt or public repentance as a condition.
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed dismay over the reported execution of a juvenile offender in Iran.

Reports say Ali Naderi, 21, was executed earlier this month after being found guilty of a murder he committed when he was 17.

An OHCHR statement said the death penalty cannot be legally imposed for crimes committed by people under 18.

It cited the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, saying Iran is a party to both agreements.

Naderi's was the first reported juvenile execution since September 2011.

The OHCHR called on Iran to restrict the use of the death penalty and reduce the number of offenses for which it may be imposed.

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