UN 62nd resolution censuring human rights violations in Iran

UN 62nd resolution censuring human rights violations in Iran

Published by on December 18, 2015

UN-General-AssemblyOn Thursday November 19, 2015, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution at its 70th session condemning flagrant and systematic violations of human rights in Iran. This is the UN’s 62ndresolution censuring rights violations in Iran.

The resolution expresses “serious concern at the alarming high frequency and increase in the carrying-out of the death penalty in disregard of internationally recognized safeguards, including executions undertaken without notification to the prisoner’s family members or legal counsel, and at the continuing imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty against minors and persons who at the time of their offence were under the age of 18.”

The U.N. urges Iran to end “all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against girls and women” as well as religious minorities, stop forced-marriage practices and allow “freedom of expression, opinion, association and peaceful assembly.”

It calls on the regime “to abolish, in law and in practice, public executions and executions carried out in violation of its international obligations” and “to ensure, in law and in practice, that no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

The resolution also expresses serious concern over “violence against persons belonging to recognized and unrecognized religious minorities” and calls for elimination “in law and in practice” of “all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against persons belonging to ethnic, linguistic or other minorities.”

The U.N. calls upon the Iranian regime “to end widespread and serious restrictions on the right to freedom of expression, opinion, association and peaceful assembly” and “to release persons arbitrarily detained.”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of Iranian Resistance, welcomed adoption of the UN resolution and said: “Although this resolution accounts for only parts of the clerical regime’s crimes, it is nonetheless a revealing document on a regime that is criminal in its entirety and that has been able to hold on to power against a population demanding its overthrow solely by resorting to executions, torture, and ruthless suppression.”

Mrs. Rajavi once again underscored the need to submit the dossier of the clerical regime’s crimes – including 120,000 political executions and seven massacres carried out in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty – to the UN Security Council for adoption of binding and preventive measures as well as prosecution of the officials in charge of the crimes that are considered crimes against humanity by any standards.

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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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