Prisoners write to UN Special Rapporteur about human rights in Iran

Prisoners write to UN Special Rapporteur about human rights in Iran

Published by on June 12, 2017

In a letter to Mrs Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, prisoners of conscience in Gohardasht Prison highlighted the oppressive measures of Iranian regime.

The letter titled ‘Human rights beaten down by blows of dictator’, follows:

Widespread violation of human rights is still going on in Iran under the ruling of vilayat-e-faqih, while we believe that the society and social bodies have never before been so close to a disaster.

Targeted, systematic repression of workers, and humiliating and degrading the sacred place of teachers and holding them captive have forced activists like Esmaeil Abdi to turn to hunger strike and put their lives at serious risk so as to raise their human, legal demands.

Taking human rights activists’ captive, putting 85-year-old ‘Dr Maleki’ under pressure, banning him from leaving the country and preventing his treatment so as to repress the public and human rights activists are rejected as inhumane acts.

Increased number of executions and filing of security lawsuits, repression and torture of followers of non-Shiite religions and Iranian ethnic groups, monopolizing national wealth and power and put them in possession of such pressure security bodies as the Revolutionary Guards and the notorious Intelligence Ministry, expanding terrorism and fundamentalism in the name of exporting revolution, intervention in the affairs of regional countries so as to fuel ethnic-religious tensions and extend the vilayat-e-faqih hegemony, depriving women of all their social and civil rights, putting terrible restrictions on sportswomen, destroying and degrading human dignity, and explicit opposition of the black and white turbaned to UN’s 2030 agenda are only a small part of the human disasters in our country.

We, the political prisoners and signers of this letter, ask human rights organizations to immediately address the life-threatening situation of Esmaeil Abdi, Dr. Maleki, and other prisoners of conscience on hunger strike. We also explicitly declare that regime leader as the country’s first person is first and foremost responsible for life and treatment of all political and human rights activists, and prisoners of conscience.

Prisoners of conscience in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj

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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.

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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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