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A letter to Mrs. Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right

In a letter to Mrs. Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of NCRI called for condemnation of Iranian regime in the UN General Assembly and appointment of a special representative to pursue human rights violations in Iran

In a letter to Mrs. Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Mohammad Mohaddessin, the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of National Council of Resistance of Iran conveyed the concerns of the Iranian people and Resistance regarding increasing executions in Iran, and requested that urgent measures be undertaken to halt this tragic trend.

The letter stated: “Since January 2004, at least 100 prisoners have been hanged in public. The Iranian Judiciary has sentenced scores more to the death who are on death row.

Mr. Hojjat Zamani, a political prisoner, has been sentenced to four executions and is waiting for the sentence to be carried out.

On July 31 and August 2, ten prisoners were sentenced to death in the northeastern city of Mashad. On August 3, a young man was sentenced to three executions in the northern city of Babol.”

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of NCRI referred to suppression of protest gatherings by teachers and students, and arrest of at least 1,000 students in the weeks prior to the anniversary of the July 1999 student uprising, and wrote: “Discussions between the European Union and the Iranian regime have been a failure and reports by human rights organizations reflect an alarming trend in the situation of human rights in Iran.”

At the end of his letter, Mr. Mohaddessin called upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights “to prepare the grounds for the condemnation of the Iranian regime in the upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly for flagrant violations of human rights” and “to appoint a special representative to pursue the human rights situation in Iran.”

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

August 9, 2004

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