UN committee scolds Iran on human rights record

UN committee scolds Iran on human rights record

Published by on November 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee has approved a resolution expressing deep concern about rights violations in Iran.

Seventy-six countries voted in favor of the resolution, including the United States. Thirty-five states voted against it, and 68 abstained.

The non-binding resolution drafted by Canada now goes to the General Assembly for consideration.

Iran’s deputy ambassador told the committee Thursday that the resolution represents “a selective and politicized distortion of facts.” Hossein Dehghani said the vote comes at a time when the recent Iran nuclear deal “opens a new horizon for cooperation” with the international community on other issues.

The resolution is based on a report by a U.N. investigator who says executions in Iran have been rising at “an exponential rate” since 2005 and could top 1,000 this year.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3326139/UN-committee-scolds-Iran-human-rights-record.html

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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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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.
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