Javid Rahman, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, called on the authorities of the Islamic Republic to hold the international community accountable for the widespread human rights violations in Iran.
In his latest report, Mr. Rehman expressed concern about the significant increase in the number of executions in Iran, especially those accused of “drug” cases in 2021, as well as the children of criminals, women and minorities, and the lack of a fair trial.
A Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday described the new report as “biased, biased and full of biased and inaccurate information and conclusions.” This is the official response of the Islamic Republic to almost all UN human rights reports, without providing evidence for the inaccuracy of these reports.
At the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council, held in Geneva on Thursday, March 17th, Javid Rahman reviewed key sections of a report, the written text of which was published in late February.
According to the report, at least 275 people were executed in Iran in 2021 alone, of whom 40 were Baluchis and 50 were Kurds.
The downing of a Ukrainian plane by Revolutionary Guards missiles, the suppression of popular protests against water scarcity and systematic discrimination in more than 20 cities in Khuzestan province in 1400, as well as the censorship of the Internet and the suppression of freedom of expression through the passage of the “Cyberspace Protection” plan. Was what Mr. Rehman included in his video speech.
The UN Special Rapporteur noted at the outset that he had not yet been allowed to visit Iran, despite repeated requests from officials of the Islamic Republic.
After the 15-minute speech on Thursday by Javid Rahman, representatives of various countries, including Israel; Britain, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, as well as the EU envoy, condemned the Islamic Republic’s human rights abuses and demanded that the Iranian government be held accountable.
The speakers especially emphasized the urgency of abolishing the death penalty in Iran.
They also criticized the passage of a plan called “Population Youth and Family Support”, cutting off women’s access to contraceptives and promoting child marriage by the Islamic Republic’s propaganda apparatus, as well as repressing journalists and civil society activists.
On the other hand, representatives of countries such as Cuba and Venezuela implicitly or explicitly defended the Islamic Republic and repeated the words of Iranian government officials to justify human rights violations.
Representatives of these countries questioned the UN Human Rights Council’s accountability to other governments, claiming that Mr. Rehman’s report was the result of “Western hegemony” and “imperial domination.”