UN Adopts Resolution Censuring Rights Abuses Within Iran

UN Adopts Resolution Censuring Rights Abuses Within Iran

The human rights situation in Iran has reached epic proportions. One area that stands out is the number of executions in Iran. In 2017, according to Amnesty International, over half of recorded executions were committed in Iran. In light of this and other areas of concern, the UN again issued its 65th resolution condemning these acts.

“Condemning the systematic and gross violations of human rights by the theocratic regime ruling Iran, the UN resolution once again confirmed that the regime blatantly tramples upon the Iranian people’s most fundamental rights in all political, social, and economic spheres,” said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of resistance groups that includes the PMOI/MEK. “The Iranian regime is in no way congruous with the 21st century and must be isolated by the world community.”

Regime Also Attacks Resistance Through U.S. and Europe

According to a statement released by 150 members of the European Parliament, Tehran spends millions on a massive smear campaign throughout the western world, disseminating false news and misinformation against this main opposition movement.

“In recent months, several Iran regime’s terror plots have been neutralized by European and American Security agencies. An Iranian diplomat arrested in Germany is now facing trial in Belgium,” said a press release announcing their statement.

They urged the Albanian government not to allow Iranian agents into its territory. The country is serving as a host to several thousand Iranian opposition members.

“The EU’s silence in the face of brutal human rights violations in Iran and lack of any response to the serious terror plots in Europe is unacceptable,” said the statement.

Support from International Community Needed

In order for any resolution to have any bite, however, the international community must be willing to hold Iran accountable. Considering the fact that the regime continues to violate human rights, hold a number of questionable executions, and other repressive policies, it is clear that the international community needs to be willing to recognize the rights of the Iranian people to call for regime change.

“The most vivid example of grave violations of human rights in Iran is the 1988 massacre of political prisoners perpetrated by the regime’s key institutions and leaders, who are still in power, still defend this crime, and remain immune from punishment. The world community faces a monumental test in investigating and prosecuting those responsible for this great crime against humanity,” said Rajavi.

 

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