MEK: UN Adopts 67th Resolution Condemning Human Rights Abuses in Iran
On December 16, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution censuring the Iranian regime for its grave and systematic violation of human rights. The action, which gained 82 affirmative votes, is the 67th such resolution adopted by a UN body against human rights abuses in Iran.
Torture and Executions
The UNGA resolution denounced Iran’s “high frequency of the imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty. It specifically mentioned executions carried out on the basis of forced confessions.
Interrogators used torture to extract forced confessions from protesters arrested during the November 2019 anti-regime Uprisings. Amnesty International published a report on September 2, 2020, based on interviews with 60 November 2019 protesters who were released after being coerced into making false confessions. The subjects described being beaten, flogged, sexually abused, and subjected to mock executions by interrogators before agreeing to make televised confessions.
The resolution condemned the regime’s use of the death penalty for “crimes that do not qualify as the most serious crimes, including crimes that are overly broad or vaguely defined.” According to the UN, this use of the death penalty constitutes a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
While welcoming the adoption of the 67th UN resolution condemning #HumanRights violations in #Iran, I reiterate that the clerical regime’s leaders must face justice for 4 decades of crimes against humanity, and their immunity must end. #NoImpunity4Mullahshttps://t.co/rJ8mQGfNnI pic.twitter.com/sTDUbr0L0Z
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) December 16, 2020
UNGA also decried the regime’s use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders. The resolution stated that “the continued imposition of the death penalty against minors” is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Iranian regime leads the world in the number of juvenile offenders executed.
Activists and Political Dissidents Imprisoned
The UNGA resolution called on the Iranian regime to release all of its political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, civil rights activists, and human rights defenders immediately and unconditionally. According to human rights advocates, there are currently thousands of inmates in Iran who are imprisoned because of their political or religious beliefs.
More than 12,000 protesters were arrested during the November 2019 Uprisings, and another 1,500 were killed in the streets by the regime’s security forces. Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, who is best known for his key role in the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) political prisoners, has pushed for harsh sentences for the protesters. Some have already been executed, others await death, and many more are serving lengthy sentences. (PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters were integral in organizing the mass protests, and Raisi is on the record as saying that the (PMOI / MEK Iran) should be eliminated.
Covid-19 in Prisons
The UNGA resolution also called attention to the spread of covid-19 in Iranian prisons. Reliable sources report that prisons are unsanitary and inmates are deprived of hygiene items and access to basic healthcare. Prison sources say that numerous inmates have died of covid-19 since the pandemic began, but the regime’s prison organization has denied these reports. Prisons with the highest concentrations of covid-19 cases and deaths have cut off phone privileges to prevent a public outcry.
Over 187,500 people have died of the coronavirus in Iran, according to reports by the Iranian opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
#Iran: The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/#MEK) announced on Friday, December 18, 2020, that the #Coronavirus death toll in 470 cities had exceeded 187,500. #COVID19 https://t.co/5Hn6JY2eqa pic.twitter.com/pbxqMzC7CE
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) December 18, 2020
Maryam Rajavi’s Response
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi voiced her support of the UN resolution in a statement. “The main perpetrators of the atrocities mentioned in this resolution are those who have been continuously involved in crimes against humanity during that past four decades, particularly the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, the brutal suppression of the November 2019 uprising that leftover 1,500 protesters killed, and 12,000 arrested,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.
“Clerical regime leaders must face justice for four decades of crimes against humanity, putting an end to their impunity,” she said, adding, “where the religious fascism ruling Iran does not pay the slightest attention to the UN General Assembly resolutions, it is time for the Iranian regime’s human rights dossier to be referred to the UN Security Council and the regime’s leaders to be held accountable for four decades of crimes against humanity,” she added.