UN Human Rights Council begins its 36th sessionPublished by International Liberty Association on September 11, 2017
Today the Human Rights Council started its 36th session in Geneva. In his opening remarks Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights criticised 40 countries for human rights abuses.
About Iran he said: “Iran continues to severely restrict freedom of opinion and expression. My Office has received numerous reports of human rights defenders, journalists and social media activists being arrested and detained. Ill-treatment of prisoners is widespread, and in addition the judiciary continues to sentence people to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, including amputation of limbs and blinding. Iran also remains the country with the highest reported rate of executions per capita. Many of those executed are drug offenders not guilty of ‘most serious crimes’ under the terms of international law. Since the beginning of the year at least four children have been put to death, and at least 89 other children remain on death row.”
The 36th session of the Human Rights Council will be he held from today, 11 September 2017 until 29 September in the UNHRC’s headquarters in Geneva.