Media Advisory: Iran must clean up human rights record at UN review

Spokesperson available for interview in Geneva

On 31 October, the UN Human Rights Council will undertake an assessment of Iran’s human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review process (UPR).  During Iran’s last review in 2010, the authorities accepted a string of recommendations to improve the country’s track record on human rights, but so far these have overwhelmingly failed to be implemented.

“Rampant human rights violations continue across Iran unabated,” said Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International’s Iran researcher. 

“The recent execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari after a flawed investigation and trial, is a harsh reminder that Iran remains the most prolific executioner worldwide after China and illustrates how poor its administration of justice is. The Iranian authorities must stop posturing and provide answers to the many victims of their ruthless repression about why they have failed to fulfil past promises on human rights.” 

As Iran continues to deny access to the UN independent experts and Special Rapporteurs, including the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in, the UPR process provides a rare opportunity for UN member states to engage with the Iranian authorities over human rights. 

“Without robust international pressure, Iran’s human rights prospects remain bleak. UN member states must use this as an opportunity to drive the authorities to undertake concrete pledges and implement crucial human rights reforms,” said Raha Bahreini. 

Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International’s Iran researcher will be in Geneva to observe the  review at the UN Human Rights Council and is available for interviews in Persian and English.

Possible talking points around Iran’s dire human rights record:

• Surge in executions, case of Reyhaneh Jabbari

• Violence against women

• Torture and other ill-treatment in detention

• Discrimination based on, sexual orientation and gender identity

• Persecution of religious and ethnic minorities 

• Restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly

• Restrictions on the right to education and academic freedom

To arrange an interview contact: Sara Hashash MENA Press Officer  +44 207 413 5511 or [email protected]

For further information:  Amnesty International’s submission ahead of the UPR session, Iran: No progress on human rights (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/034/2014/en)

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