Asma Jahangir was appointed the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran during the 33rd session.
A report detailing the activities carried out by Jahangir since the first report was issued looks at the issues that are still worrying with regards to Iran. It also looks at some of the latest developments that need urgent attention.
Here are some of the key points of the report:
During the candidate registration period before the most recent Iranian presidential elections, 137 names were submitted. However, the Guardian Council announced the approval of only 6 candidates – one of whom was Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the “death committee” that ordered executions during the 1988 massacre.
The report also pointed out that the Iranian regime has been trying to cover up the crime. Earlier this year, families of some of the victims went to a mass grave in Mashhad and they found that the area had been covered with soil. A few months later, there was construction work being carried out at another mass grave site in Ahvaz. It seems like there are plans to flatten the area and build a green area or commercial property on the site.
The report also pointed out that the 1988 massacre has never been officially acknowledged. “In January 1989, the Special Representative of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Reynaldo Galindo Pohl, expressed concern over the “global denial” of the executions and called on Iranian authorities to conduct an investigation. Such an investigation has yet to be undertaken.”
Furthermore, there have been continuing reports of ongoing medieval punishments taking place in the country. For example, during the month of Ramadan 90 people were arrested, 20 were given flogging sentences.
The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, recently called on the UN Security council to take the case of the 1988 massacre to the International Criminal Court so that the perpetrators and executors of this crime are brought to justice. She reminded the UN that is was a crime against humanity and the international community’s approach to it will be a test of their adherence to human rights principles.