An international human rights group is urging Iran to stop executing people under the age of 18.

Human Rights Watch says Iran executes more minors than any other country in the world. It says Iran has carried out 17 such executions since 2004. It says some juveniles were given death sentences for crimes they committed when they were 15.

An official with the rights group says Iran needs to stop sending children to the gallows and live up to its international obligations by banning the juvenile death penalty.

Human Rights Watch says the only other countries known to have executed juveniles since 2004 are Sudan, which executed two juveniles and China and Pakistan, which each executed one.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.