UN Investigator Concerned at Torture in Iran

The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran has said she is worried about the fate of activists and political opponents arrested in the country.

Asma Jahangir (pictured), who passed away in February, compiled a report for the U.N. Human Rights Council detailing the use of torture and the of the clampdown on freedom of expression in Iran.

She called on authorities to carry out independent investigations into the deaths in custody of some of those arrested, and to hold perpetrators accountable.

Among the items claimed in the report are:

  • violations of due process and the right to a fair trial;
  • arbitrary arrests and detentions;
  • continuing executions, including of juvenile offenders;
  • new restrictions placed upon freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and access to information;
  • conditions of detention;
  • the denial of adequate medical care;
  • torture and other ill-treatment in detention, in particular to coerce confessions; and,
  • discrimination against women, religious and ethnic minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Her full report can be read here.

(Source: UN)

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