Freedom House: Iran amongst 49 other countries as non-free states

Freedom House: Iran amongst 49 other countries as non-free states

Published by on February 3, 2016

Freedom-HouseFreedom House issued its annual report on the status of political-civil freedoms and freedom of speech across the globe. The 2015 report placed Iran amongst 49 other countries as non-free states.

The 2013 report Iran was placed amongst 63 “non-free” states.

According to this organization one of the most important events of 2015 is the lack of progress in women’s conditions.

Founded in 1941, Freedom House is an NGO defending democracy, political freedoms and human rights across the globe, and also conducting research in this regard.

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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.

Executions must stop.

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