Iran's Abuses Condemned
The New York Times - USA
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 1, 2001
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 30 — A United Nations General Assembly committee
approved a resolution today expressing concern at continuing rights
violations in Iran, including a growing number of executions and crackdowns
on freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee voted 71 to 53, with 41
abstentions, in favor of the resolution. The resolution received about 20
more yes votes than a similar resolution last year.
Iranian opposition groups attributed the shift to the crackdown on human rights by Islamic
hard-liners in the government.
Source: The New York Times
AFP: UN committee urges Iran to end executions of minors
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (AFP) - The human rights committee of the UN General
Assembly called Friday on Iran to stop executing people under the age of 18
and to put an end to torture and cruel punishments such as amputation and flogging.
In a vote which split UN member states along cultural and geographical lines,
the committee adopted 71 to 52 a resolution expressing concern at "the growing number
of executions". It deplored in particular "public and especially cruel executions
such as stoning."
The committee welcomed the latest report by the special representative of the
UN Commission of Human Rights, Maurice Copithorne, who said that about 60 executions took place
in the first half of this year.
"These include the public hanging of a woman on March 19, 2001, in Tehran, an
extremely rare event in the Islamic Republic," Copithorne wrote in his report
Copithorne, who has been unable to visit Iran since 1996, said "there have
been disturbing reports of resort to especially barbaric and unusual forms of
execution, such as beheading and stoning."
The committee's resolution -- which is expected to be adopted by the General
Assembly next month -- called on the Iranian government to "end the
imposition of the death penalty for crimes committed by persons under 18."
It also called on the government "to ensure that capital punishment will not
be imposed for crimes other than the most serious."
Almost every European country and most Latin American states voted for the
resolution; almost every Muslim and former communist nation voted against;
most of the 41 abstentions were from African countries.
The resolution also called on Iran to end discrimination against religious
and ethnic minorities, to ensure full respect for freedom of expression and
to invite Copithorne to Iran and to cooperate fully with him.
Source: Agance France Press (AFP)
United Nations slams the Islamic regime for persistent Human Rights abuses in
December 1, 2001
The United Nations Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)
finished, after lengthy debates, its Nov. 30th session by adopting the draft
of an unprecedented resolution (Doc. # A/C.3/56/L.50) which slams the Islamic
republic regime for the persistent Human Rights abuses in Iran.
The resolution which was approved, by a vote of 71 against 53 and 41
abstentions, expressed concern at the continuing violations of human rights
and at the fact that no invitation had been extended by the Islamic republic
regime to the UNCHR Special Representative to visit Iran since 1996.
The document cited "the continued deterioration of the situation with regard
to freedom of opinion and expression", a growing number of executions, the
use of torture and other cruel forms of punishment, the harsh reactions to
student demonstrations including the imprisonment and mistreatment of those
who participated, attacks on freedom of the press and the jailing of journalists
and Human Rights activists.
It called upon the Clerical leadership to abide by its freely undertaken
obligations under the international human rights covenants and other
international human rights instruments.
It requested an immediate end to the use of any type of torture and "cruel
and degrading punishments, such as, amputation and public flogging", the
promotion of full and equal enjoyment by women and girls of their human
rights, elimination of religious discrimination and abolition of the death
penalty for crimes by those under the age of 18.
The Islamic republic delegate tried to fight the resolution by claiming that
"progress" have been made in the promotion and protection of human rights "in
Iran". He said the resolution in question had involved itself in
The resolution received about 20 more "yes" votes than a similar resolution
last year meaning that it is certain to be adopted when it comes to a vote
during the 56th General Assembly which will be held later this month.
Almost every American, European and Oceanic countries condemned the Islamic
regime but almost every Muslim and former communist countries voted against
the resolution. Turkey and most African states were among the abstentions.
Countries who voted in favour of the resolution were:
Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary,
Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Monaco, Nauru,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea,
Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San
Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Suriname, Sweden,
Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu and Yugoslavia.
Those who voted against and in favour of the Clerical leadership were:
Afghanistan (Delegation belonging to the Northern Alliance), Algeria,
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Brunei
Darussalam, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Guyana,
India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic
Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania,
Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia,
Turkmenistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.
SMCCDI has written several letters, in the last years, to the UN Secretary
General by denouncing the same crimes and violations.
SMCCDI has requested, each time, the expulsion of the Islamic republic
representative who’s "occupying the Iranian Nation's seat" based on the fact
that his regime is violating, systematically, the UN charts by continuing the
repression of the Iranians and the fact that it's refusing the necessary visa
to the UNCHR Inspector for visiting Iran.