UN Special Rapporteur calls on Iran to stop detaining activistsPublished by International Liberty Association on September 26, 2017
In an interview with Al Arabiya news agency on September 23rd, Ms Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, expressed concern at serious human rights violations in Iran.
She referred to many areas that violations are taking place including the rule of law, denial of due process, existence of torture, discriminatory laws, and discriminations on religious and ethnic grounds. She said that the government of Iran knows that there are issues that need to be addressed, but she emphasised that they cannot drag them on for so long because awareness is rising across the world.
While recognising the dangers that activist inside Iran face when they protest or raise their voice, Ms Jahangir said that she will not discourage them from speaking up.
In her latest report, Ms Jahangir called on the Iranian government to abolish torture and release of detainees. She also made a number of other recommendations, but she said she is not sure that they will be honoured by the Iranian regime.
Speaking about the political prisoners who were on hunger strike to protest their treatment, Ms Jahangir said that the government of Iran does not class them as political detainees, “however I consider that they are detainees because many of them have been fighting either for their own rights or for the rights of others, and definitely they do qualify as human rights defenders”.
When asked if she believes in Hassan Rouhani’s promises before election she said she has not seen a major step in that direction and called on the government to “stop prosecution of human rights defenders and journalists”.