On the 3rd of April this year, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was returning home after visiting her parents in Iran, along with her 22-month-old daughter. At the airport, in what must have been the worst day of her life, Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained by the Iranian authorities. Her daughter has been taken away from her and she herself has been jailed. Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who has been campaigning for her release ever since is claiming that his wife is being used as a “bargaining chip” in the political relations between the UK and Iran.
A huge demonstration against the human rights abuses of the Iranian Regime took place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, November 19.
The protesters, which included Anglo-Iranian communities, supporters of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and human rights activists, highlighted the staggering number of executions that have happened so far in 2016.
On Tuesday 15th November 2016, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution regarding the serious “deterioration of the human rights situation” in Syria. They voiced their absolute condemnation of terrorist interventions, and the intervention of the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) in Syria.
In August, between 20 and 25 Sunni prisoners were killed in a massive mass hanging. Of course many people and organisations came forward to say that this was an appalling abuse of human rights. Yet, to make matters even worse, Iranian state television has been broadcasting video clips of the prisoners being coerced into confessions.
The Herald Scotland has reported that later in the month the UN General Assembly will deal with a report on human rights in Iran. The UN special rapporteur on Iran who compiled the report is not allowed to enter Iran but has been able to judge the situation accurately based on witness testimony and careful analysis.
The report draws attention to the huge rise in executions since President Hassan Rouhani took office – around 3,000 in only three years.
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