IRAN: Will U.N. sideline human rights concerns?

An Iranian American activist who obtained an advance copy of the United Nations high commissioner on human rights’ statement about Iran is outraged, saying her planned remarks at a big meeting next week “fall well short” of conditions on the ground.

Trita Parsi, head of the Washington-based National Iranian American Council, said the U.N.’s top human rights montor, Navanethem Pillay (pictured at right), plans to give Iranian authorities a pass on their recent actions against dissidents and political protesters after Iran’s disputed June 12 presidential election.

Here’s Parsi’s preview of Pillay’s comments:

The recent elections in Iran and the subsequent protests over the result were a reminder of both the vitality of Iran’s civil society and political life, but also of the towering constraints that peaceful activism faces. I call on the government to release those detained for peaceful protest, to investigate reports of their ill-treatment, and to ensure respect for human rights.

Parsi said the South African’s statement includes “no mention of government-sponsored violence, repression, show trials, who is responsible for those ‘towering constraints.'”



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