Guilty as Charged

Resolution on Iran’s human rights violations approved


Guilty as Charged
by Hadi Ghaemi

The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly’s strong approval of a draft resolution, condemning Iran for grave human right violations, is a welcome step in the continuing effort to put a stoplight on the country’s growing human rights crisis.

The General Assembly will formally adopt the resolution in December. UN human rights bodies should put in place mechanisms to hold Iran accountable for its rights abuses and toward implementing the resolution.

The resolution was passed with 80 votes in favor, 44 against, and 57 abstentions. During the proceedings, Iran’s highest human rights official, Mohammad Javad Larijani, who has traveled to New York to lobby against the resolution, filed a No Action Motion (NAM), a procedural move attempting to prevent the vote from taking place. But Iran’s maneuver failed glaringly with a vote of 91 against, 51 in favor, and 32 abstentions.

Passage of the Resolution will mark the seventh consecutive year the UN has cited Iran’s multiple failures to abide by human rights standards and urged cooperation with UN authorities to address them. But in an attempt to rally opposition to the measure, Larijani labeled it a political attack by the West and a “provocation.”

“Exhausted rhetoric cannot hide the fact that Iran’s inhumane treatment of its people has again aroused the condemnation of the member states,” stated Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

“Excessive numbers of executions, most without due process; juvenile executions; inhuman punishments including stoning and amputations; systematic torture; discrimination against women; the targeting of journalists and human right lawyers; the arbitrary detainment of thousands—all of these problems and more compel the international community to demand urgent improvements,” he said.

In recent years, Iran has continued to thwart all efforts to assist it in improving its human rights record. No UN Special Rapporteur has been allowed into the country since 2005, despite repeated demands by UN officials. Since the General Assembly’s 2009 resolution on Iran’s human rights record, the government has ignored all concerns raised therein and allowed the human rights situation in the country to further deteriorate.

More than 500 prisoners of conscience, who have been jailed solely for their opinions and beliefs following Iran’s tainted 2009 presidential elections, are languishing in prisons and subjected to ill-treatment. The Judiciary has handed down draconian prison and flogging sentences and fines to activists on the basis of trumped up national security charges. Numerous human rights lawyers, including Nasrin Sotoudeh and Mohammad Seifzadeh, have recently been arbitrarily arrested and prosecuted.

The Campaign has received credible allegations of dozens of group executions in Vakilabad prison, possibly adding hundreds to the annual number of executions in Iran, which are already the second highest in the world after China.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the wide-reaching, cross-regional support for the Resolution, and urges Iran to begin a program of constructive cooperation with the United Nations to address the concerns raised.


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by medoloss on

Do you think that United Nations has any effect over anything, wake up people....


Hadi putting money where his mouth is


Unlike many fake so called activists who shout at the top of their lungs about human rights in iran and call everyone regime sympathizers while on the other supporter every measure against iranians because "ends justify the means".


Thanks Mr Ghaemi for your efforts. 


Many thanks

by Simorgh5555 on

To the UN General Assembly for finally acknowledging the human rights violation. When the Genral Assembly next convene they should pass a motion to put members of the the terrorist Islamic Republic on trial for crimes agianst humanity. Please ask for the maximum penalty to be given to Khamenei and Ahmadinejad if found guilty.

Also write to your local parliamentarian, counsellor, MR, Congressman of your country of residence to isolate this filthy regime. 


Islamic Republic doesn't care 4 this UN resolution either. So?

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred


Thanks for the blog and great link Hooshang

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

I'll be contacting my local number by EOD today to see how I can contribute. You are so right, enough of remourse and regret for a "failed revolution". We all need to do what we can to help our fellow Iranian compatriots suffering unimaginable tortures in the prisons of the fascistic islamist regime.

Down with the Islamist regime of Iran and it's entire leadership.

Free all political prisoners in Iran 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Excuse Me ...

by Harpi-Eagle on

Are we talking about the same UN that stood by as 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in Rwanda?  UN resolutions are not worth the paper they are printed on, UN is a non-entity that serves only the interests of powerful nations.  So all I got to say to this new "Resolution" is BFD (Big F#%@ing Deal).

Kas Nakharad Poshte Man Jos Nakhone Angoshte Man !

We CAN NOT and SHOULD NOT wait for UN or any other Western power to get our rights for us.  Hagh Geraftanist, Dadani Nist !

Payandeh Iran, our Ahuraie Fatherland



by Bavafa on

Shame on those 44 nations who voted against the resolution.

However, it is shameful for UN that applies sanction for some thing that is a legal and a right for Iran (nuclear energy) yet no sanction for their grave wrong doing (human rights violations)

Therefore, It is their moral and legal obligation to change the current sanction terms and make it condition of the abuses and violation of treaties that they have signed (i.e human rights)




HT: Thank you for the

by vildemose on

HT: Thank you for the information you've provided. It should be featured or put in a blog to gain more exposure.

Anonymous Observer

About Time. Thank you UN!!!

by Anonymous Observer on

Let's hope for more condemnations to come.  

Hoshang Targol

UN must send a delegation to Iran to investigate the status of

by Hoshang Targol on

UN must send a delegation to Iran to investigate the status of the political prisoners in the Islamic Republic.

Hoshang Targol

So this,

by Hoshang Targol on

such an international recognition of conditions in Iran, at least provides us with the opportunity  to push and force IR on some of our demands on Human Rights.

But, obviously such a long order [ utilizing the opportunity provided by the UN, mobilizing our respective communities, that is if we represnt any community other than this virtual one!, and  actual implemantation and excution of the goals,...) does reqire a disposition and attitude simply beyond the ken of a JADED, CYNICAL, BURNT-OUT generation.

So to make along story short, and use an old Persian phrase : EIN GOY, O EIN MAYDAN!

Please see below for ONE of these attempts currently under way.There are at least three more other campaigns being organized .... Other than being burned-out, cynical and jaded, do we really have an excuse to ignore such opportunities? NO.


Call for Action on International Human Rights Day


Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted on December 10, 1948  as
a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to
the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this
Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education
to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive
measures, national and international…
Human Rights Declaration is universal, is not specific to any nation,
and should be observed by every nation and government around the world.
As a member of the United Nations, Iran is obligated to recognize and
observe this charter. Therefore, violation of Human Rights by the
Islamic Republic of Iran is not an “internal affair” as claimed by its
leaders, but a matter of international concern.


Call for Action to demand freedom for all political prisoners in Iran during the December 4-12 time period

tenth of December is a high point in the calendar of United Nations and
is normally marked by both high-level political conferences and
meetings, and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human
rights issues. As such, during the December 4-12 time period, we call on
all freedom loving people and organizations to organize human rights
actions such as rallies, mobile rallies, and action tables at different
universities, with the theme of demanding freedom of all political
prisoners and abolishment of gender, ethnic and religious discrimination
in Iran. We call on all peace loving citizens and organizations around
the Globe to condemn Human Rights violations committed by the regime of
the Islamic Republic in Iran.


UN must send a delegation to Iran to investigate the status of the political prisoners in the Islamic Republic


discrimination inherent in the Islamic Republic of Iran's Constitution
perpetuates and regenerates continuous crackdown on voices of dissent at
all levels and has led to the imprisonment of tens of thousands of
political and civil rights activists over the past 31 years. Thousands
of political prisoners were executed by the regime over this time, and
more than 200 protesters were killed or executed in the post June 2009
elections unrest. Reports indicate that currently there are a few
thousand political prisoners in Iran . Reports of torture, forced
confessions, continued arbitrary arrests and executions demands
immediate attention. As such, we ask political leaders of the world to
strongly condemn the actions of the Islamic Republic and its leaders who
are responsible for torture, rape, execution, stoning, and violent
crackdown on the democracy movement in Iran.


is incumbent upon the UN to take decisive and urgent action to address
the dire situation of the political prisoners in Iran. Through our joint
actions and campaigns leading to the anniversary day of the UDHR on
December 10, we demand that the United Nations:


1.      Send
a delegation to Iran to investigate the conditions of political
prisoners languishing in the prisons of the Islamic Republic

2.      Appoint a Special Envoy for Human Rights in Iran



Union for Advancement of Secular Democracy in Iran


Partial list of participating cities and contact numbers as of November 10, 2010:

  1. Arizona:               480-206-6688
  2. Atlanta:                 404-483-0256
  3. Austin:                   512-905-4940
  4. Boston:                 978-202-5510, 603-508-2846
  5. Brussels                        [United4Iran]
  6. Chicago:               224-766-0216
  7. Connecticut:        203-570-6964
  8. Dallas:                   1214-864-6800
  9. DC:                         703-340-7726
  10. Fresno:                 559-908-1979
  11. Hauge, Holland  TBD
  12. Houston:               832-646-9922
  13. Koln, Germany   0049 221 54 50 04  Mobile: 0049 177 444 50 91
  14. Los Angeles:        818-472-9996
  15. Montreal:             514-624-4648
  16. New Jersey:         973-896-7771
  17. New Hampshire: 603-508-2846
  18. New York:            718-309-1996
  19. North Carolina   TBD
  20. Orange County:  714 469 6126
  21. Ottawa:                 1613-232-5900 x444
  22. San Francisco
  23. Toronto                                905-780-5947
  24. Vancouver  


If you want to add your city to the list, contact 770-698- 0851.


UASDI email address:

English Media contact:             404-483-0256

Persian media contact:             714-469-6126



If futue generations ask us: wtf did you do when they were killing, torturing, brothers and sisters? we really have no excuse to say: we didn't know what to do!



"Seventh" consecutive year of Islamic Republic condemnation.

by Anonymouse on

Islamic Republic has a "highest human rights official".  What has this highest official ever achieved?  NOTHING!

The more Islamic Republic's record of human rights violation is put on record the more glaring the record will be.  By the time the late Shah was expelled from Iran his record of human rights abuses were obvious to all and probably the main reason nobody let a hand to keep him or any system related to him in power.  With all his money he couldn't even find a hospital to treat his illness.

Those who side with Islamic Republic have more or less the same human rights violations record.  They don't need to have Xerox copy of the western record, just don't imprison or kill the lawyers who take the cases of the accused under their own freaking "laws"!

Everything is sacred



by pas-e-pardeh on

which generation was that? and how did you used to achieve victory? 



by pas-e-pardeh on

And thank you for the work you do Mr. Ghaemi.



I daresay

by comrade on

I'm from a generation which did not demand/wait for any UN resolutions in order to achieve victory in a task that, in my opinion, the unavoidable force of history had imposed upon it.

Please forgive me, then, when I say so what? 

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.