Archive for نوفمبر 18th, 2009

Press release – 109 Human Rights Groups ask United Nations to Condemn Human Rights Violations in Iran – بيان صحفي – 109 منظمة من منظمات حقوق الإنسان تطالب الأمم المتحدة بإدانة انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان في إيران‏

18-11-2009

November 16, 2009 109 Human Rights Groups ask United Nations to Condemn Human Rights Violations in Iran Global outpouring of solidarity with Iran’s human rights defenders (16 November 2009) New York – Over one hundred independent human rights and civil society organizations from around the world have urged delegations to the United Nations to support a resolution in the General Assembly condemning human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), and urging the IRI to abide by its international human rights obligations. “Human rights conditions in Iran have deteriorated dramatically since the General Assembly’s 2008 Resolution….It is incumbent upon the international community and a matter of the utmost moral urgency to emphasize to the government of Iran that common human rights standards must be upheld,” the groups stated in their letter dated 11 November 2009 (copy attached). The signatories include local groups from Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Russia, Malaysia, India, South Africa and other non-western societies, as well as global organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and International Commission of Jurists. The groups expressed their concern about the killing of peaceful demonstrators, arbitrary arrests, rape, torture and ill treatment in detention, and “show trials” of those charged with serious crimes, for which they may be executed, simply for expressing their political opinions. “It is a crucial moment for the human rights situation in Iran,” said Yap Swee Seng, executive director of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUMASIA). “We urge the Iranian government to demonstrate its genuine will to improve the situation by honoring its standing invitation for special procedures and facilitating the visits of independent monitors for credible investigations of all allegations of human rights violations.” More organizations are expected to join the appeal ahead of the vote on a resolution tabled by Canada, which enumerates the wide range of human rights that have been violated by the Islamic Republic including torture, excessive use of capital punishment and the execution of juvenile offenders, executions by stoning, the repression of women’s rights advocates, discrimination against minorities, and denial of basic civil and political rights.

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