UN Human Rights Council Extends Mandate of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran
On 22nd June 2020, due to the Iranian regime's increase of human rights violations, including mistreatment of political prisoners, the United Nations Human Rights Council extended the mandate presented by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman.
Before a vote on the mandate commenced, Denmark’s representative expressed concern over the human rights situation in Iran, in particular Iran's ongoing use of capital punishment.
In this mandate, the Human Rights Council urged the Iranian regime to “cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur and to permit access to visit the country and to provide all information necessary to allow the fulfilment of the mandate.”
The world was outraged at the number of deaths during and resulting from the nationwide November Iran protests. Iran Human Rights Monitor reported on 14th June that "“More than 100 inmates have been executed in Iran from January to mid-June 2020.” “At least 30 of these executions have been announced by official and semi-official press and media, and the other 79 were carried out in secret. At least two women were hanged in January 2020. One of them was identified as Maliheh Haj Hassani, hanged in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz, capital of Fars Province, southern Iran. The state-run press identified the other woman by her first name, Sara. The women, 32, was hanged in the Central Prison of Mashhad, capital of Razavi Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran.”
As part of the regime's new wave of crackdown, many young activists have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Prison without fair representation, such as award winning students Ali Younesi and Amir-Hossein Moradi from Sharif University of Technology.
Such prisoners are at imminent threat of torture and execution. Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the President Elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has urged the UN Secretary General to “dispatch an international fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the conditions of death and injury of protesters in November and visit Iranian prisons and prisoners.”
UN Human Rights Council Mandate: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=25984&LangID=E