UN ‘deeply troubled’ by high number of executions in Iran

UN ‘deeply troubled’ by high number of executions in Iran

Published by on March 5, 2015

UNSGIran had a ‘deeply troubling’ number of executions last year and did not keep a promise to protect ethnic and religious minorities, the United Nations said on Tuesday in its annual report on the Iranian regime’s human rights record.

The reports said: “The Secretary-General remains deeply troubled by the continuing large number of executions, including of political prisoners and juveniles”.

The report from the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the U.N. Human Rights Council also catalogued concerns about rights violations in Iran against women, religious minorities, journalists and activists.

It repeated a U.N. call for a death penalty moratorium and a ban on executing youths.

According to the UN report Hassan Rouhani has not kept his promise to ‘extend protection to all religious groups and to amend legislation that discriminates against minority groups’. The report said. “Individuals seeking greater recognition for their cultural and linguistic rights risk facing harsh penalties، including capital punishment.”

The UN report emphasised that Tehran also continued a crackdown on freedom of expression and has blocked 5 million websites and has jailed journalists.

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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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