Nazanin Afshin-Jam's work has caused controversy
in her homeland of Iran [pic courtesy official website]
The killing of any child is tragic, but when it is a state sanctioned affair it often creates a moral and legal dilemma.

Under international law it is forbidden to execute a minor, yet this happens across the world in countries such as the United States, China and Nigeria.

But the country with the greatest number of child executions is Iran, where more than 80 minors are on death row.

On Monday, the Riz Khan show speaks to former beauty queen and singer Nazanin Afshin-Jam about her campaign against child executions.

Born in Iran, Nazanin's work has stirred controversy in her homeland, made her the target of death threats and resulted in the saving of one young girl's life.

We ask Nazanin about her work, the personal cost and whether or not it is ever acceptable to execute a child.

This week presenter Anand Naidoo sits in for Riz Khan.

Watch this episode of Riz Khan here:

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You can watch Riz at 1900GMT, with repeats at 0000GMT, 0500GMT, and 0930GMT.

This episode aired on Monday 8th October 2007.


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