Request for Iran Human Rights Commission

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The following is a translation of the request of a group of Iranian human rights activist organizations on the occasion of December the 10th, International Human Rights Day, including a short report on the human rights situation in Iran.  This translation was shared with Iran Press Watch through the kind offices of Iranian human rights activist groups in Europe and North America.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Navanethem Pillay
Human Rights Defenders’ International Committee

Iranian Governmental authorities have always claimed that human rights are respected in Iran and they have organized their propaganda based on this claim. In spite of this pretension and according to various reports from human rights organizations such as our reports, as one of these organizations which is monitoring human rights in Iran consistently, human rights are violated in a manner which is widespread, planned and systematic.

According to a number of cases in the 2008 report (see previous post on IPW), which have been gathered mainly from authorised sources inside Iran, human rights were violated more severely than last year in different ways, such as:


Increased number of death penalties, execution sentences for people under 18, increased number of students, political, social and cultural activists arrested and tried, oppressing women in different areas, fired and unemployed workers and violating their primary rights, oppressing minority religious and ethical groups etc.

We hereby ask humbly that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Mrs Navanethem Pillay, and Human Rights Defenders’ International Committees, to make a serious attempt to send an international non-governmental group to investigate the human rights situation in Iran, so subsequently ways of judging the human rights situation in Iran would become more even-handed, and making decisions about how to react appropriately would be possible.

We (the undersigned) ask all human right defenders to react against the human rights violation in Iran and todo what they can to ameliorate the human rights situation in Iran.

Azerbaijan’s Political Prisoners’ Defense Committee (ASMAK)
Human Rights Reporters’ Committee
Iranian Human Rights Activists Groups In EU and North America (Member of World Coalition against the death penalty)
Iranian Political Prisoners Association
Kurdistan’s Human Right’s Defense Organization (RMMK)
Political Prisoners Defense Organization

ANNEX

Students:

  • Arrested: 229
  • Interrogated: 68
  • Summoned to courts: 115
  • Tried: 46
  • Verdicts issued by court : 55
  • Summoned by disciplinary committees: 287
  • Verdicts issued by disciplinary committees: 256
  • Expelled from university: 13
  • Students beaten:17
  • Threatening: 39
  • Dissolving student organizations:28
  • Banned student magazines: 54
  • Cancelled gatherings and ceremonies: 4
  • Release on bail sentences: 50

Press and journalists:

  • Summoned to courts: 71
  • Arrested journalists: 22
  • Interrogated: 6
  • Tried: 37
  • Written  notices:183
  • Issued sentences: 38
  • Banned books: 1
  • Filtered sites: 34
  • Deported foreign reporters: 1
  • Banned movies: 21
  • Threatening: 5
  • Battered journalists:5
  • Closed press organizations: 44

Political, social and cultural activists:

  • Summoned to courts: 186
  • Interrogated: 20
  • Arrested: 738
  • Tried: 37
  • Sentences issued by courts: 251
  • Threatening: 23
  • Released on bail: 105
  • Barred from leaving the country:5
  • Prevented from carrying out ceremonies:33
  • Attacks on social organisations: 1
  • Prevented rom political organization activity: 1
  • Fired for having political activities: 37
  • Rejected jurisdiction: 2200
  • Closing cultural organisations:1

Labor:

  • Pay and benefits not received: 66859
  • Fired: 34800
  • Arrested: 204
  • Summoned to courts:62
  • Sentences issued by courts:33
  • Tried:12
  • Died while working: 145
  • Interrogated:8
  • Attacks on labor meetings: 12

Death penalty

  • Executed: 250
  • Expected to be executed: 247
  • Expected to be executed (political prisoners): 17
  • Executed in public: 30
  • Under 18, while committing the crime (executed): 8
  • Stoned to death(issued sentences): 5

Women

  • Summoned to courts: 18
  • Tried:25
  • Issued sentences:34
  • Arrested: 16
  • Interrogated: 8
  • Barred from leaving the country: 8
  • Filtered  women-related sites: 19
  • On strike in prison: 11
  • Issued bail sentences: 3

Public arrests and public murders:

  • Public arrests: 11201
  • Murdering people:29
  • Suspicious murders: 7

Political prisoners:

  • On strike: 9
  • Murdered under torture: 2
  • Incommunicado: 14
  • Prevented leave of absence for receiving treatment: 14
  • Beaten: 8
  • Further interrogation: 6
  • Death in prison: 3
  • Threatened: 5
  • Handicapped under torture: 3
  • Missing: 3
  • In prison without sentence: 14
  • Further trial: 17
  • Sentences issued during conviction period: 17
  • Prevented from being released: 1
  • Torture testimony: 32

Retaliation sentences

  • Hand amputation: 12
  • Leg amputation: 5
  • Eye removing: 3

Minority religious groups

  • Summoned to courts: 46
  • Tried:4
  • Issued sentences:14
  • Arrested: 37
  • Fired from work place: 8
  • Threatened: 13
  • Attacks on religious places: 4
  • Bans on continuing education:11
  • Cancelled worked permits: 1
  • Freedom restrictions: 7
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