In the last few days, “a U.N. General Assembly committee condemned Syria, Iran and North Korea for human rights violations in votes criticized by all three countries”, DPA reports.
The article, appearing in The Hindu, went on to elaborate on the situation in North Korea and Syria, but was mum on the issue of Iran.
Luckily, Reuters bothered to conduct some real journalism, highlighting that,
“The resolution on Iran voiced “deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran relating to, inter alia, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, including flogging and amputations.”
It also criticized the “continuing alarming high frequency of the carrying-out of the death penalty (in Iran) in the absence of internationally recognized safeguards, including an increase in the number of public executions.”
The resolution also condemned the “increased persecution and human rights violations against persons belonging to unrecognized religious minorities, particularly members of the Baha’i faith and their defenders.”
Earlier in the month, Amnesty International had brought important attention to the case of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh:
“Iran’s judiciary and prison authorities should end mistreatment of the prominent rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and six human rights organizations said “
In its report, entitled “Sakharov Prize winner and other detainees denied visits and medical care,” Amnesty went on to note that
“….Many prominent rights lawyers are serving prison sentences themselves on charges directly related to their defense of their clients, which has a chilling effect on lawyers providing services.
Javid Houtan Kiyan (Houtan Kian) is serving an 11-year sentence, charged with “acting against national security”. Iranian authorities arrested Houtan Kian in October 2010 after he publicized the case of his client, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. In 2006 she was sentenced to death by stoning, though the resulting international attention led to suspension of her sentence.”
We can only hope that this matter gains as much media attention as possible, for the sake of the Iranian people and their basic civil and human rights.
The media should find it particularly ironic that, as mentioned by Amnesty, Iran’s political prisoners are denied medical treatment. This, coming from a regime which recently has began crying out (see our previous posts) about the supposed influence of sanctions.
Press TV’s whining notwithstanding, looks like Tehran regards healthcare – just like the nuclear crisis – as another tool to continue holding its innocent citizens hostage.