Following a review session held at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, held on 8 Nov, Amnesty has said that the international community must publically condemn Iran's appalling human rights record.
Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International said, “From horrific execution rates to the relentless persecution of human rights defenders, rampant discrimination against women and minorities, and ongoing crimes against humanity, the catalogue of appalling violations recorded in Iran reveals a sharp deterioration in its human rights record...
Iran’s upcoming UN human rights review session offers a crucial opportunity for the international community to send a strong and clear message to the Iranian authorities that its shocking disregard for human rights will not be tolerated...It is also an opportunity for states to place increased attention on the ongoing enforced disappearance of thousands of political dissidents over the past three decades, a crime against humanity which has been overlooked for far too long by the international community.”
Since the UNHRC's last review session on Iran in 2014, there has been an increased crackdown on protesters who have been rounded up in the streets for their participation in peaceful protests. The UN Human Rights Council is calling for Iran's authorities to lift restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, end discrimination against women and minorities, impose an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty, and end torture and other ill-treatment, unfair trials and ongoing crimes against humanity. Phillip Luther is the lead author of a 140-page report on the 1988 massacre which took place in Iran, in which 30,000 political prisoners were secretly executed in a matter of weeks.