Appeal to European Leaders to Focus on the Appalling Human Rights Situation in Iran

Appeal to European Leaders to Focus on the Appalling Human Rights Situation in Iran

Published by on January 7, 2016

Taher-Boumedra-3The former head of the United Nations human rights office in Iraq, Dr. Tahar Boumedra, on Wednesday appealed to European leaders to focus on the appalling human rights situation in Iran in light of Rouhani’s planned trip to France and other European countries at the end of January.

“Moderation under the current Iranian constitution is meaningless because it is a constitution program that adopts violations of human rights, including torture, and the ‘export of the revolution’ as a means of governance in Iran,” Dr. Boumedra said.

“It is impossible to qualify a member of the current Iranian government as a moderate,” added Dr. Boumedra, who last September published a 50-page report on the human rights situation in Iran in 2015.

He pointed out that Rouhani and all the members of his administration are “committed to a regime with a constitution that is based on Sharia [Law] as interpreted by a group of mullahs under the leadership of the Supreme Leader. This interpretation is not the mainstream Shia or Sunni Islam. It is an interpretation that does not belong to this era.”

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

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