Antonio Guterres, the report underlines ongoing executions in Iran, arbitrary arrests, forcible disappearance, lengthy prison sentences, & torturing of dissidents. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the UN Secretary-Chief Antonio Guterres recently highlighted the dismal human rights situation in Iran in his annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Iran’s ongoing executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, forcible disappearances, lengthy prison sentences, and torture of dissidents are all highlighted and discussed in this report.
“Conscientious prisoners, political activists, human rights defenders, and lawyers are disproportionately banned from receiving temporary release.
Some political detainees have spent years in prison without receiving a single day of leave. For example, Maryam Akbari Monfared, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for engaging in protests in 2009, has been in prison for the past 12 years,” according to the report, which sheds light on Maryam Akbari Monfared’s plight. In the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, Ms. Akbari Monfared’s sister and brother were killed.
“Harassment against her increased after she filed a formal complaint, seeking an official investigation into the 1988 executions of political prisoners, including her siblings.
Similarly, Zeinab Jalalian, a Kurdish political prisoner serving a life sentence for moharebeh, has been held in prison since 2008 without furlough,” according to the article.
“Long periods of pre-trial detention are common. Pretrial detention for up to two years is allowed under Article 242 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in certain circumstances. Since their arrest in April 2020, students Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi have been held in pretrial custody, including solitary imprisonment.”
“The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention expressed concern in November 2020 that the high number of cases in which it found the Islamic Republic of Iran in violation of its international human rights obligations indicated widespread or systemic arbitrary detention,” according to another section of the report.
The UN Secretary-General expresses his concern in his report about the high number of death penalty sentences and executions, the inclusion of the death penalty in Iranian law for a variety of crimes, the imposition of the death penalty in violation of fair trial standards, and the lack of official data on executions.
“The Secretary-General is concerned about the use of unproven murder charges against demonstrators to justify the death penalty. Despite international outrage, Mostafa Salehi and Navid Afkari will be executed on 5 August and 12 September 2020, respectively. They were imprisoned after taking part in protests in 2017 and 2018, as well as 2019 and 2020.
Both faced unproven charges of murder and moharebeh and were allegedly tortured to extract confessions that were ultimately used as evidence in trials that were widely seen as being unfair. Salehi was held in solitary confinement for over a year, according to the study.
The UN Secretary-new General’s report emphasizes the need for the international community to take action to confront Iran’s persistent human rights violations.
The regime’s sham presidential election would exacerbate human rights abuses, since all indications suggest that the regime’s supreme commander, Ali Khamenei, has cleared the way for the current judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, to become president.