Sweden proposes resolution about Iran’s human rights violations

Sweden proposes resolution about Iran’s human rights violations

Published by on February 21, 2017

In a meeting of UN Human Rights Council on February 16, Sweden has announced that it will introduce a UN resolution on Iran’s human rights record with the aim of extending the mandate of the special rapporteur on Iran.

The move has upset the Iranian regime officials who were expecting a change of policy after a mostly women delegation visited Tehran last week for signing signing economic contracts with Iran.

At the same time UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights NGO in Geneva, in a statement published on their website, slammed “Sweden’s self-declared ‘first feminist government in the world’ for having sacrificed its principles and betrayed the rights of Iranian women as trade minister Ann Linde and other female members walked before Iranian President Rouhani on Saturday wearing Hijabs, Chadors, and long coats indoors, all in deference to Iran’s oppressive and unjust forced Hijab law — despite Stockholm’s promise to promote ‘a gender equality perspective’ internationally, and to adopt a ‘feminist foreign policy’ in which equality between women and men is a fundamental aim.”

Nevertheless, focusing on Iran’s human rights record and especially putting pressure on the Iranian regime to end executions, in particular execution of juvenile offenders, is an issue that we at the International Liberty Association advocate under any circumstance.

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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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