U.N. Special Rapporter Issues Scathing Report on Iran’s Human Rights Abuses

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NIAC’s Statement on Human Rights Report in Iran

27 October 2014

The National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) issued the following statement in response to the release of a new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran:

NIAC welcomes the recent report from Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The monitor is a critical international mechanism to investigate and address the human rights situation in Iran. NIAC condemns the continued violations of human rights in Iran and hopes that the United Nations Human Rights Council will continue to renew the Special Rapporteur’s mandate until Iran fully resolves outstanding international concerns with regard to its human rights situation.

The Special Rapporteur’s report likewise calls for Iran to unconditionally release all those suffering under arbitrary detention in Iran, including journalists, human rights defenders, and religious minorities. In this context, NIAC reiterates its particular concern over the detentions of Washington Post journalist, Jason Rezaian, and two other Iranian Americans, Amir Hekmati and Pastor Saeed Abedini. NIAC calls on Iranian authorities to uphold their international human rights obligations especially with respect to these cases.” [FreeAllThree.com adds Robert Levinson to this list.]

Read more: NIAC’s full statement  http://www.niacouncil.org/niac-statement-special-rapporteurs-report-executions-acid-attacks-iran/

The U.N. Special Report is 28 pages and is worth a good read or skimming. It is filled with several straightforward charts and facts showing trends in varying areas of Human Rights abuses, such as the judiciary system, freedom of expression, torture, minority religions (see page 12 – including Christians, Bahai, Sufi, Sunni Muslims), internet censorship, women’s issues including education, domestic violence and forced marriages, political and workplace freedoms.  Also the impact of the current economic sanctions.

In “Conclusions and Recommendations” (p. 26) the U.N. report states:

The rise in executions for crimes that do not meet the threshold of “most serious crimes”, reports about the pervasive use of torture and the continuing arbitrary arrests, detention and prosecutions of individuals for exercising their fundamental rights severely contravene the Government’s international and national commitments.

Furthermore, the uneven application of national laws and an apparent reluctance to investigate claims of rights violations both undermine the rule of law and cultivate a culture of impunity. Iranian laws continue to contradict the freedom of religion of recognized and unrecognized religious minorities, while communities continue to report arrests and prosecution for worship and communities continue to report arrests and prosecution for worship and participation in religious community affairs, including in private homes.”

Read more: Go to full UN Special Report  http://shaheedoniran.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/A-69-356-SR-Report-Iran.pdf


About FreeAllThree.com: From January 1 to July 4, 2014 there were 184 days; that’s 6 months, 4 days. Iran was given 6 months (180 days) in the first temporary agreement to show good faith regarding the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. That didn’t happen, so talks were extended by 4 months to November 24, 2014. Americans must insist now that no more billions of U.S. dollars or other assets (gold, oil, etc.) will be unfrozen as a result of further easing of economic sanctions. The sanctions were working before the nuclear talks began and will still work as leverage in negotiations, if maintained. 

However, Iran’s oil exports have been allowed to flow freely to other nations which violates the agreement. Russia has negotiated a side deal with Iran known as ‘oil for goods’ worth $1.5 billion per month.  With this barter exchange in place, Russia can continue to build Iran’s nuclear facilities, bypassing the normal banking system. Russia could even re-sell the oil on the open market further skirting the oil sales limits imposed on Iran. And finally, the main purpose of the nuclear talks, the cessation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, must be achieved and continually verified.

FreeAllThree.com was disappointed by the delay in nuclear talks this past July. They should not be allowed to be delayed again continuing the status quo. Nor should we settle for four innocent Americans to remain in squalid unsafe Iranian prisons on bogus charges. Meanwhile Iran enriches more uranium as the U.S. and other nations enrich Iran’s treasury! The U.S. is funding Iran’s economy to the tune of $700,000,000/month just to keep talking with us at 5-star hotels around the world! France, Germany, UK, Russia, China (our P5+1 ‘partners’) and other nations are already making trade overtures that the U.S. is trying to prevent. And illegal sales of Iranian oil are conducted openly under the noses of UN and US observers. 

Why wasn’t Iran required to release the American hostages before the talks began or during the past 12 months?  In the past 3-4 years, the U.S. released four Iranian criminals, including a highly valued nuclear scientist, from U.S. Federal prisons in exchange for three young American hikers who were jailed as ‘spies’ in Tehran. Those prisoner exchanges were made at a time when the U.S. did NOT even have official diplomatic relations with Iran. Now for the past year, we have had constant contact with the Iranians. Yet no prisoner releases have been made during this time.

It is estimated there are up to 20-25 Iranian nationals held in U.S. federal prisons, some of whom could be exchanged for the four Americans. The U.S. has shown good faith before and during the current negotiations and has done everything required of it. Yet Iran hasn’t been required to do a single thing, except to sit down and talk which they do quite well.