Iran: 34 human rights organizations said UN should renew the mandate of special rapporteur on Iran
UNHRC should renew the mandate of its special rapporteur on Iran, 34 human rights and other organizations said today in a letter to council member countries. The UNHRC is scheduled to vote on a resolution to extend the special rapporteur’s mandate for a year on March 23, 2016. Repressive elements, particularly within the security and intelligence forces and the judiciary, are among those responsible for rights abuses in Iran. The special rapporteur reported that in 2015 alone, Iran executed between 966 and 1055 people, the majority of whom had been convicted of drug offenses in trials that fell far short of international standards. Human rights groups documented the execution of at least four child offenders in 2015, in violation of Iran’s obligations under international law. Security authorities routinely arrest and prosecute journalists, social media users, trade unionists, and human rights defenders, as well as members of ethnic and religious minorities, for expressing dissent or for peaceful activities. Revolutionary courts have sentenced hundreds of people to long prison terms for such offenses in unfair trials. Iranian women face widespread discrimination in various aspects of their lives in both law and practice. In 2015, authorities sought to introduce or implement discriminatory laws, including by restricting the employment of women in certain kinds of jobs, and limiting access to family planning as part of official measures to boost Iran’s population.