On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the human rights violations of the Iranian regime. It was passed with 79 favorable votes. This is the 67th resolution on human rights proposed by the UN since 1979 ousting of the shah.
The resolution is partly related to the high use of the death penalty in Iran, forced confessions, minors being executed as well as the death penalty for nonserious crimes. The UN resolution emphasized that the regime is violating its international obligations and is breaching international covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted on Wednesday a resolution condemning the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses. Passed with 79 affirmative votes, this is the 67th UN resolution.#Iran#HumanRightshttps://t.co/xWmaj3y5L7
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 19, 2020
Other aspects of the resolution include arbitrary arrests regularly including detentions without charge and torture used to get confessions. This was used on Navid Afkari, known as a 5-star wrestler, who was executed in September. The resolution also mentions suspicious deaths in custody, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial executions.
No freedom of expression in Iran
The UN also condemned the regime for suppression of expression and opinion, which also includes:
- opportunity to take part in peaceful assembly,
- intimidation and persecution of political opponents,
- Internet access,
- human rights defenders,
- discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls in law and in practice.
My statement, on behalf of @WorldJewishCong at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday: “The Iranian regime must be decisively condemned for its human rights abuses and be held accountable for its heinous crimes both domestically and across the Middle East.” pic.twitter.com/6cbmNywntr
— Gabriel Rosenberg (@GabRosenberg) March 15, 2018
It has reached the point now that the regime is only able to maintain power if it increases its repressive measures so as to discourage any further protests. This includes the murder of 1500 peaceful protesters in November 2019. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.
The Iranian regime is not happy with the UN resolution. Ali Bagheri-Kani, the international deputy of the regime’s judiciary said he believed that the efforts made by a few countries to pass a resolution in the UN General Assembly Third Committee which is unfavorable to the Islamic republic is not legal and it doesn’t represent the reality taking place in Iran.
Today, @UN adopted a Canada-led resolution calling on 🇮🇷 to comply with its international human rights obligations. Canada remains committed to defending human rights and will continue to work with international partners to hold Iran accountable for its actions. pic.twitter.com/yNlBgILfPw
— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) November 18, 2020
Bagheri-Kani also accused Canada, which has prepared the draft resolution, of being a human rights abuser.
After the release of the UN resolution, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) said that those responsible for many of the crimes turned the November 2019 uprising into a bloodbath which resulted in:
- 1,500, dead including the young,
- 4,000 wounded,
- 12,000 + arrests.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) November 18, 2020
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the NCRI announced that she was pleased with the resolution and it showed the world that the regime has taken part in gross violations of human rights. She said it shows that the lack of respect for human rights in Iran did not fit in with the morals of the twenty-first century. She also said that impunity given to the regime’s criminal leaders should end immediately.
What has also concerned Mrs. Rajavi is the lack of international investigation into the regime’s crimes, such as those in the November 2019 protests and the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners.