UN General Assembly Condemns Iran for Human Rights Violations

On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly condemned Syria for their human rights violations and abuses, while expressing concern that Iran and North Korea were also dealing with a large number of these same violations. Iran’s President Rouhani pledged to improve in some areas, but members of the Iranian Resistance point to the lack of action on past pledges to indicate that Iran’s regime will not change.

The UN General Assembly expressed “serious concern at the alarmingly high frequency of the imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty… including the imposition of the death penalty against minors and persons who at the time of their offence were under the age of 18, and executions undertaken for crimes that do not qualify as the most serious crimes, on the basis of forced confessions” and called on the Iranian regime “to abolish, in law and in practice, public executions.”

Part of the resolution also addressed various practices used by the regime to repress journalists, various human rights and labor activists, as well as political activists, including arrest, torture, and solitary confinement.

The resolution from the UN was approved with 86 votes in favor, 36 votes against, and 61 votes of abstention. These resolutions have become an annual event in the General Assembly, and while they are necessary to increase international pressure on these nations, there is no legal consequences to back them up.

The Iranian resolution praised Rouhani’s plan to implement a civil right charter and encouraged Iran “to take concrete action to ensure these pledges can result in demonstrable improvements as soon as possible and to uphold the government’s obligations under its domestic laws and under international human rights law.”

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has held a position for years that Iran’s regime cannot be trusted regarding its promises to create change regarding human rights violations and its abuses.

“In the case of a regime, which has totally ignored dozens of UN resolutions against the unabated violations of human rights in Iran and its highest officials publicly boast of massacring political prisoners, the international community must adopt binding measures to stop the regime’s crimes,” said NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi.

She also noted that these resolutions have little influence on the regime without real consequences for the regime if it doesn’t follow through. One of the main points Rajavi continues to make is that the international community does not condition its relationships with Iran on an improvement of its human rights record and a moratorium on executions. Instead, countries continue to separate human rights from economic negotiations and the Iranian people pay the price.

“All diplomatic and commercial relations with the mullahs’ theocratic regime directly serve the interests of Khamenei’s [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] (IRGC) and must be conditioned on an end to torture and executions in Iran and a halt to the regime’s destructive meddling in the region. In the absence of a firm policy, flagrant violations of human rights in Iran and export of terrorism, fundamentalism, and belligerence to the region and the world will continue,” said Rajavi.

Mrs. Rajavi also pointed out that the regime has not been held accountable for one of the greatest human rights violations, the massacre of political prisoners in 1988. She called for the international community to launch an investigation into these events, including prosecution of those leaders who were involved.

“This is the first step in putting an end to the impunity of criminals who have been ruling Iran for 38 years,” said Rajavi.

Iran’s human rights record includes multiple hangings for a variety of offenses, including drug offenses, which have been banned under international law. The Iranian Supreme Court recently upheld the death sentence of an Iranian researcher, Ahmad Reza Jalali, despite widespread international opposition. He was arrested in May 2016 following a trip to Iran. He has worked for the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and East Primo University in Italy. He has been accused of passing along sensitive information about Iran’s nuclear sites to Mossad, along with military information.

This is just one example of the repressive actions taken by the regime, which were condemned by this resolution.

The one of several resolutions that were aimed at countries in hot spots around the globe. Syria and North Korea were also addressed.

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