Hold Ahmadinejad Accountable for Iran’s Human Rights Crisis During UN Visit
Int.'l Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
14-Sep-2011 (2 comments)

(14 September 2011) Member states of the United Nations as well as the international media should focus on the ongoing human rights crisis in Iran as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York to attend the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

The Campaign specifically called on Ban Ki-Moon, the U.N. General Secretary, and all diplomatic representatives of member states who will meet Ahmadinejad during his visit, to express serious concerns about the grave human rights situation in Iran and to demand an immediate end to widespread violations of Iran’s international obligations and harsh repression of its citizens’ rights. In particular, the Campaign urges all international actors to call on Ahmadinejad to cooperate with recently-appointed Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran and immediately release Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two leading opposition leaders who have been under de facto house arrest without any judicial process for the past seven months.

“Ahmadinejad comes to town as an unprecedented human rights crisis grips the country. This is an important opportunity for diplomats, journalists and ordinary citizens to challenge him on Iran’s record of abuse and express their disapproval in the strongest possible terms,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s spokesperson.

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the question is not if but how many violations

by MM on

If one is to debate the human rights issues with AN, (s)he needs to be ready to counter AN with a taste of his own medicine.  AN has memorized at least one human rights violation from every "civilized" country and as soon as he is asked about the violations in Iran, he turns the question around to the few cases in the west.  So, the question(s) should focus on the sheer volume of the human rights violations in Iran.


Good Questions:

by vildemose on

Recommended Questions for Ahmadinejad:

1. Does your government plan to allow the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, to visit your country and investigate allegations of human rights violations?

2. Do you approve of the house arrest of your former election rivals, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi? What is the basis for their confinement?

3. How do you respond to charges that high-ranking officials enjoy impunity for human rights abuses in Iran?

4. Do you feel you are in a place to criticize Arab governments in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and even Syria for their response to public protest when your own government has used force to subdue peaceful protests on many occasions?

5. How is it that Iran has become the world’s leading practitioner of the death penalty with the highest per-capita executions?


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