Bloggers have written posts condemning the high number of Iranian executions, sharing memories of when they first became acquainted with execution and how it affected them, and reasons they think executing people is wrong.
Blogger "Goresh" (Roar), who initiated the "game," writes that he was seven years old when he heard the word "execution" for the first time. He says he was watching television with his family on a cold winter evening in Arak when he heard a voice coming from a loudspeaker outside inviting people to attend a public execution the next day:
Several years later, I found out that the brother and sister had been seen next to each other by their mother. It's not clear to what extent they had gotten physical. The issue was brought to the attention of their father, who in order to prevent the incident from reoccurring took them to the local cleric in hopes that he would guide them and show them the right way. [The cleric] was kind enough to deliver them to the court...
Another blogger, "Kamangir," writes that much has been said about why capital punishment is "bad," while executions are still going on in Iran and there are people, including bloggers, who support execution. He believes that whatever has been said has been insufficient to convince "the other side" and says that those who support capital punishment and those who don't should take a step toward [bridging the gap] by changing their arguments:
Amnesty International, which staunchly opposes capital punishment, has described Iran as one of the world's worst offenders in terms of imposing the death penalty.
Iran is also one of few countries to execute offenders for crimes they committed when they were younger than 18 years old.
This video, about the plight of child offenders in Iran, was co-produced by Mohammad Mostafaei, a leading Iranian lawyer against child execution who fled the country recently after he came under pressure by authorities.
-- Golnaz Esfandiari