Wednesday, January 31, 2018

About human rights in Iran and response from UN

From: ALNSOUR Mohammad Ali
Sent: 31 January 2018 12:53
To: 'lenin@apvchr.asia' <lenin@apvchr.asia>
Cc: Gurdip Sangha <gsangha@ohchr.org>; COCCO Katherine <kcocco@ohchr.org>
Subject: your letter to SG

Dear Mr. Raghuvanshi,

Thank you for your letter dated 29 January 2018 addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General.

The Secretariat of the United Nations, through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights continues to monitor the situation in Iran including in relation to the fate of the individuals who were involved in the protests and who were arrested in conjunction with the protests. The Office welcomes available information to further inform its understanding of the situation, which will be considered in line with its reporting and monitoring methodology.

Both the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner issued statements in early January and will continue to advocate for the release from detention of anyone who was arbitrarily deprived of their liberty for peacefully expressing their views. As noted in the Press release of 3 January 2018, the High Commissioner stated that “Peaceful protests must not be criminalised.” and  that “[t]hey are a legitimate part of the democratic process,”. On 5 January, Assistant Secretary-General Tayé-Brook Zerihoun briefed the Security Council.

The links to the relevant statements are set out below for your consideration:



Thank you again for reaching out,





Mohammad Ali Alnsour

Chief

Middle East and North Africa Section
Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
E-mail:malnsour@ohchr.org
Tel:
+ 41 22 917 9745
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www.ohchr.org

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My letter:

Dear Secretary-General

Since the last days of 2017, the world has witnessed massive and courageous protests by Iranian people throughout the country against the regime ruling Iran and for the liberation and establishment of a democratically elected government.  The world community has supported the demands of the people of Iran for freedom and has condemned the suppressive measures taken by the Iranian regime against its citizens.

Reports indicate that the Revolutionary Guards and the security forces have killed at least 50 people and arrested thousand people. On January 9, 2018 in a statement, Amnesty International reported that at least five of those who were arrested following an anti-government rally have died in detention centers.

On January 5, 2018 the UN Human Rights experts in Geneva, in a statement, expressed their extreme concern regarding the Iranian regime's approach to demonstrators. “The Government’s instruction to the Revolutionary Guards to hit hard against the protesters, and the judiciary’s threats of harsh punishment, are unacceptable." the experts said.

The “Supreme leader” of the regime, Ali Khamenei, and Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iranian regime, blamed the opposition inside Iran, PMOI/MEK for organizing the demonstrations, and threatened to act severely against them. The Minister of Intelligence threatened with a quick response to the organizers of the uprising.

In 1989, in a short period of time the Iranian regime executed many political prisoners, based on a religious decree of Khomeini, the regime’s Supreme leader at the time. The authorities in charge of that massacre are still in power in Iran enjoying impunity and involved in the killings of protesters on the streets.

While declaring our support for the demonstrations and the legitimate demands of the brave people in Iran, we urge you to condemn violations of human rights and suppression of the demonstrators in Iran through a Secretary-General’s statement. We also urge you to use your good offices at the United Nations for effective measures to release those arrested during the recent demonstrations, and imposing sanctions on officials and organs involved in killing people in Iran, and exporting  extremism abroad.

With kindest regards,

Lenin Raghuvanshi
Founder and CEO
People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)
An initiative of Jan Mitra Nyas ISO 9001:2008
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