UN Urges Iran Regime to End Torture, Execution of Minors and Discrimination Against Women
A meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva-file photo
The international community on Tuesday spoke out at the United Nations in Geneva against human rights abuses by the Iranian regime in the context of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
On November 8, 2019, some 111 countries participated in the UPR of the human rights situation in Iran, criticizing the execution of minors, torture, and discrimination against women in Iran. The UPR is a peer-review mechanism where UN member states are able to make recommendations to governments undergoing review.
On November 12, 2019, the conclusions and recommendations of the Working Group on the UPR were adopted by the international community at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.
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A total of 329 recommendations were made to Iran’s regime.
Several countries called on the regime to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Denmark, Estonia, and Moldova called on the regime to ratify the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Germany called on the regime to “Ratify core international human rights conventions, in particular, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.”
Albania called on Iran’s regime to cooperate with all UN Special Rapporteurs who wish to visit the country.
Sweden said Iran must “Fully cooperate with and grant immediate and unfettered access for the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Belgium called on the regime to “Abolish the death penalty at least for crimes committed by persons under 18 years of age, in accordance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and commute all death sentences for juvenile offenders.”
Germany said Iran must “Establish a formal moratorium on the death penalty. In particular-cease, all planned executions of juvenile offenders and prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for crimes committed by minors.”
The United States said Iran’s regime must immediately end the use of torture, and credibly investigate and prosecute all allegations of torture, while Ukraine called on Iran to “Remove all national law provisions that allow for punishments that amount to torture or cruel and degrading treatment.”
Australia said Iran must “Immediately investigate all allegations involving the torture and other ill-treatment of those arrested or detained during the demonstrations in December 2017 and hold those responsible to account.”
The United Kingdom said Iran must “Immediately demonstrate that all detainees in prison are neither tortured nor subject to cruel or inhumane treatment or punishment.”
Switzerland called on Iran to “Release all persons detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and repeal or amend laws and other provisions criminalizing or restricting the exercise of those rights.”
Argentina said Iran must “Guarantee freedom of expression, particularly of men and women human rights defenders and journalists, and repeal legal provisions that affect these rights.”
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Meanwhile, Australia called on the regime to “Guarantee the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, and release political prisoners, including women’s rights activists, labor rights activists, environmentalists, scholars, lawyers and journalists, detained for exercising these rights.”