UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
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(London, United Kingdom, 2 March 2018) – Justice for Iran welcomes the UN Secretary General’s report on human rights in Iran, including his concern over the harassment of families of victims of the 1988 mass executions for their quest to uncover the truth.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres submitted the report on 26 February to the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council, currently meeting in Geneva.

The report noted that the families of the victims of the 1988 mass killings in Iran continue to face harassment in their quest to find out the truth, and that human rights defenders working on their behalf face harassment, intimidation and prosecution.

The Secretary General’s report also highlighted the case of Raheleh Rahemipor, who was arrested on security-related charges for sending a complaint to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances about her brother’s disappearance in the 1980s.

The report also emphasised the climate of fear cultivated in Iran by the Judiciary and the government’s various security apparatus. It noted violation of basic freedoms, including freedom of opinion, expression, and peaceful assembly, as well as prosecutions of individuals for the peaceful exercise of these freedoms on national security related charges.

Mr Guterres’ report also criticised the Iranian government’s extensive use of the death penalty, especially for juvenile offenders; the use of coerce confessions; cruel and inhuman punishment; systematic discrimination against women and girls; the repression of demonstrations in December2017/January2018; the treatment of ethnic and religious communities; LGBT issues; and the detention and unfair trials for dual nationals.

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