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UN human rights chief in Tehran amid widespread executions

UN human rights chief in Tehran amid widespread executionsNCRI – Mrs. Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, attended a meeting on human rights in Tehran today, the state-run news agency IRNA reported.

The meeting is apparently organized by the Non-Aligned Movement to address human rights and cultural diversity.

Mrs. Arbour’s visit which was not previously announced, takes place at a time when the most brutal suppression is going on in Iran and a rising number of people and political opponents of the religious dictatorship are hanged in public and in prisons everyday.

Over 100 people have been hanged in the past six months according to media reports in Iran. This does not take into account executions taking place in secret. In July and August, the number of executions took a sharp rise.

Human rights organizations and activists as well as political groups and personalities around the world have condemned the new wave of executions in Iran and called on the international community to intervene.

Upon Mrs. Arbour’s arrival in Tehran, members of families of political prisoners and those on death row tried to contact her and appeal for help. Her visit to Tehran is considered by prisoners and their families as a possible response to their calls on the world body for help. Some of the families have rushed to Tehran for a chance of seeing the UN chief on human rights and deliver their personal appeals.

Representatives of various groups including students, women, workers, teachers, nurses, journalists and many others are trying to reach the UN office in Tehran to seek an appointment with Mrs. Arbour.

On August 27, 2007, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi appealed to the conscientious people of the world to condemn executions in Iran. She called for immediate referral of the regime’s human rights dossier to the UN Security Council for adoption of binding measures against the mullahs.

People of Iran who are living under the brutal tyranny of the mullahs as well as defenders of human rights across the world expect a serious and immediate measure by the international community to stop executions in Iran. The political prisoners and their families fear that if their plight is not addressed by the UN human rights chief on her visit to Tehran, the criminal mullahs will take it as a green light to continue with their barbarism and executions.