UN ‘deeply troubled’ by high number of executions in IranPublished by International Liberty on March 5, 2015
Iran 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.