On November 12, 2013, opposition figures and 2009 presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mousavi’s wife Zahra Rahnavard, an author and political activist, will have spent 1,000 days under house arrest or detention without charge or trial. No governmental agency or body has expressly accepted responsibility for the opposition figures’ detention or brought any charges against them.
Ahmed Shaheed, UN Human Rights Investigator for Iran, Releases his Newest Report
By clicking the title, you will be taken to the document with Shaheed’s latest findings. The human rights record is still pretty grim in Iran according to Shaheed, and needs major adjustments. He summarizes this well in this telling paragraph:
“The human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to warrant serious concern, with no sign of improvement in the areas previously raised by the General Assembly or the various human rights monitoring mechanisms. This includes progress in advancing commitments accepted by the Government during its 2010 universal periodic review. Tensions between various aspects of the country’s laws and its human rights obligations, along with the capricious application of those laws, remain causes of the lack of progress. As a result, gender discrimination, as well as systemic and systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, continue to characterize the human rights situation in the country.”
This is the most basic of human rights. If the Iranian people cannot express their opinions and concerns with the government, the government is allowed to do whatever they want, and that’s obviously dangerous. Let the people have Facebook and Twitter!
Executions surge in Iran after election of moderate President
Pretty sure the definition of “moderate” doesn’t include expanding your execution numbers…
Impending Executions for Iranian Minority Citizens
Four Kurdish men, who are a minority in Iran, just had their sentencing upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court to go through with the executions. The men don’t even have a lawyer! Meanwhile, Rouhani is on his “let’s play nice” campaign in the US….