The 70th session of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a
resolution Thursday November 19, condemning flagrant and systematic
violations of human rights in Iran by the Iranian regime. The resolution
drafted by Canada was backed by a vote of 76 to 35 with 68 abstentions
in a UN General Assembly committee.
The resolution expresses “serious concern at the alarming high frequency of, and increase in the carrying-out of the death penalty, in disregard of internationally recognized safeguards, including executions undertaken without notification to the prisoner’s family members or legal counsel, and at the continuing imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty against minors and persons who at the time of their offense were under the age of 18.”
It calls on the Iranian regime “to abolish, in law and in practice, public executions… and executions carried out in violation of its international obligations” and “to ensure, in law and in practice, that no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
The resolution strongly urges the Iranian regime to eliminate “all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls.” It expresses “serious concern” over “violence against persons belonging to recognized and unrecognized religious minorities” and calls for elimination “in law and in practice” of “all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against persons belonging to ethnic, linguistic or other minorities.”
The UN document also calls upon the regime “to end widespread and serious restrictions… on the right to freedom of expression, opinion, association and peaceful assembly” and “to release persons arbitrarily detained.”
The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi welcomed the adoption of this 62nd United Nations resolution censuring human rights abuses in Iran and declared: Although this resolution accounts for only parts of the clerical regime’s crimes, it is nonetheless a revealing document on a regime that is criminal in its entirety and that has been able to hold on to power against a population demanding its overthrow exclusively by resorting to executions, torture, and ruthless suppression.
115 countries voted in favor of the resolution on Thursday.
The draft document, co-sponsored by more than 50 countries, including the United States and South Korea, calls for “political prison camps” to be closed and all political prisoners to be released.
An attempt previous year to refer Syria to the ICC for war crimes was blocked by Russian Federation, Syria’s ally, and China at the Security Council. The council is expected to do the same once the new resolution is adopted.
The Iranian resistance calls for release of political prisoners’ families arrested outside of Evin Prison. On Saturday, November 21, repressive forces attacked a gathering staged by the families of martyrs and political prisoners outside Evin Prison, severely beating and arresting dozens. Amongst the arrested women are Simin Eyvazzadeh, the mother of political prisoner Omid Ali Shenas, who has been transferred to Gharchak Varamin Prison, known as the second “Kahrizak” (a notorious prison where inmates are placed under horrific tortures). Hashem Zeinali, the father of Saeed Zeinali, a college student abducted by intelligence agents following the 1999 uprising in Iran, was among those arrested on Saturday. The regime has for the past 17 years refused to publish any information about the whereabouts of his son.
A number of those arrested are individuals who have protested the execution sentence issued for prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri.
With Assad gone and Iran evicted from Syria, ISIS can be defeated said former Italian Foreign
Minister, Giulio Maria Terzi.
Mr. Terzi referring to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 said: Syria and Iraq are ISIS’s hub, a base for organization, recruitment, training and weaponry, and the West must intensify its campaign to end this epicenter of evil. However, attacks against ISIS alone will not stop the cycle of violence. We have to fight against the triggers of radicalization as well and combat this cancer at its root.
That means the West ought to be unequivocally decisive in pressing for the
ouster of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whose carnage against the Syrian
people amounts to a crime against humanity and has provided the unsavory
social and political circumstances for the rise of ISIS. At the same time, we need
to work urgently to eliminate the sectarianism being spread by the Iranian regime and its allies in the region. He added: Before ISIS, Iran invented the notion of exporting Islamic extremism; propped up regimes in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere; and encouraged them in the implementation of sectarianism and rampant bloodshed.
Even if the Shiite militias that acted as killing squads against Sunnis in Iraq, or perpetrated widespread massacres in Syria, didn’t entirely cause ISIS’s rise, they undeniably added fuel to the fire and continue to do so.
There should be zero tolerance by the West for Iran’s nefarious meddling in Syria, and, as members of Syria’s pro-democracy opposition have said, there should be no question about giving Tehran a say over Syria’s political future.
Mr. Terzi added that: Luckily... we have a large, organized partner with whom we share not only the goal of inclusive rule, or even interests, but also values. That group is the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ).
Maryam Rajavi , president-elect of the NCRI, a moderate Muslim woman leader who is fiercely anti-fundamentalist, said immediately after the Paris attacks that fundamentalism under the name of Islam has nothing to do with this religion, whether it is under the pretext of Shiite extremism or under ISIS’s Sunni brand. Such anti-human crimes have nothing to do with Islam, and such evil is the enemy of peace and mankind wherever it exists.
Moderate policies at home, including identifying with moderate Muslims who are our allies, coupled with military countermeasures that strike ISIS in its lair, are the best defense France and indeed the West can produce.
But any gains will soon dissipate if we’re striking at one extremist group while ignoring another.
A piecemeal solution is going to be short-lived. To not see more carnage next season, the order will be to get rid of Assad as expeditiously as possible and stop Tehran’s meddling in Syria as his main backer.
Let there be no illusion. Assad and Iran make up the second half of this extremist equation, and we must work with moderate allies to combat them as well. Only then will we be able to break this cycle of violence.
Officials and supporters of the Iranian Resistance have attended a series of memorials in solidarity with the people of France as they mourn over the tragic death of at
least 129 people in Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. These memorials
were covered by international news agencies such as the Telegraph, and
Associated Press. Maryam Rajavi president elect of the NCRI hold a
minute of silence in memory of victims of Paris attacks.
Auvers-sur-Oise, FRANCE on Monday. On one occasion Mr. Hamid Reza
Taherzadeh the artist member of National Council of Resistance of Iran,
played violin in front of Bataklan concert hull. Iranians in Iran also
gathered in front of France embassy in Tehran in solidarity with French
people. The laid flowers and lid candles. Also Iranian residents of Camp
Liberty in Iraq hold a vigil and stood in solidarity with France. They
held their vigil among rubble after the Iranian regime's rocket attack
against the residents on Oct. 29, 2015. 23 people died as a result of
the rocket attack.
Nov 25 is the international day for the elimination of violence against women.
By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
Iranian- Canadians yesterday during their weekly protest in front of US embassy once again stood in solidarity with French people and commemorated Nov. 25 condemning the Iranian regime for violations against women in Iran. They declared that the dossier of the Iranian regime's human rights violations ought to be referred to UN security council.