UNITED NATIONS: HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE DEMANDS THAT IRAN STOP EXECUTIONS
November 18, 2014: The U.N. General Assembly human rights committee approved a resolution expressing deep concern about rights violations in Iran, including the "alarmingly high frequency" of the use of the death penalty.
Support came from 78 member countries, with 35 voting no and 69 abstaining. Several countries have objected to the targeting of a specific nation.
The Canada-drafted resolution was approved less than a week before a Nov. 24 deadline for Iran and six world powers to reach a deal on its nuclear program, but the word "nuclear" isn't mentioned in the text.
Instead, the resolution builds on a recent report by a U.N. special investigator on human rights and points out that Iran has not allowed an investigator to visit since 2005.
The resolution calls on Iran to stop a range of abuses including torture, gender discrimination and the targeting of activists and journalists. It now goes to the General Assembly.
In a statement, Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi said the resolution "leaves no doubt that the appalling human rights record of the clerical regime must be referred to the Security Council for the adoption of binding and punitive measures," and she warned that the nuclear talks should not be used as an excuse to ignore Iran's human rights issues.
âRestoring human rights in Iran is solely possible through the overthrow of the ruling religious fascism and the establishment of democracyâ, Rajavi added. (Sources: The Associated Press, National Council of Resistance of Iran, 18/11/2014)