Excellency Louise Arbour, The High Commissioner for Human
to your upcoming trip to Iran to gain a firsthand perspective
of the Human Rights situation there, we the Iranian Human
Rights activists Groups of the European Union EU and of
North America (IHRAG) and the Canadian based International
Coalition Against Torture (InCAT) would like to draw your
attention to the widespread, planned and systematic violation
of Human Rights in Iran, during the first 8 months of 2007.
summary of the violations are as follows:
number of death sentences handed out: 181
Total number of executions performed: 153
Death sentence carried out by stoning: 1
Women awaiting execution by stoning: 8
Youth under 18, currently on death row awaiting execution:
Amputation sentences carried out: 5
Journalists, arrested, interrogated and tried: 190
Women’s rights activists, arrested, interrogated and
Students’ movement activists, arrested, interrogated
and tried: 227
Number of Labour Union movement activists’ rights
have been violated: 307
Political, social and cultural activists arrested, interrogated
and tried: 270
is only the tip of the iceberg, there is much more below
the surface. Due to the lack of free news and information
circulation, censors, and the absence of security for the
social and NGOs activities, our report contains an insignificant
view of Human Rights violation in Iran.
Hereby we must implore that you visit the victims and involved
families affected by these severe Human Right violations
to better understand the gravity of their situations. Merely
allowing the Iranian government to censor your visit and
instead show you their facade of a democratic society would
be a horrible blow to creating public awareness of the injustices
occurring daily in Iran. Please do not allow them to use
your visit as a sign of approval of a regime which systematically
violates basic Human Rights, the people’s lives which
have been, are being, and will be destroyed by it deserve
more from their fellow mankind.
Iranian Human Rights Activist Groups of the EU and North
America (IHRAG) &
The International Coalition Against Torture (InCAT)
Human Rights Activist Groups in EU and North America (IHRAG)
Phone: 1 - 514 - 365 9212 (Canada) or 46 -704-124-500 (Sweden)
Address: BOX 5047, 165 10 Hässelby, Sweden
Human Rights News from Iran: www.hriran.org
call for Peaceful gathering in front of the UN headquarters
The Iranian Human Rights Activist Groups
in EU and North America (IHRAG)
Date/Time: Tuesday March 15, 2005 at 14:00
Location: Place des Nations- Geneva
On March 15 th 2005, the 61st session of the United Nation
Commission on Human Rights (UNHCHR) will resume in Geneva.
InCat invites all men and women to unite and participate
in this peaceful gathering. Support those, whose rights
as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
have been violated. Lending support will enhance the enforcement
of the contents of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
in Iran and worldwide.
On March 15, 2005 The Iranian Human Rights Activist in EU
and North America will present and emphasize the following
points pertaining to the endured violation of Human Rights
Condemnation of the Iranian Regime for the widespread,
constant, systematic and premeditated violation of Human
Rights in Iran,
The nomination of a UNHCHR permanent and Special Rapporteur
Establishment of a permanent watchdog monitoring Human
Rights abuses in Iran.
IHRAG believes that once the above mentioned requests are
adopted by the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights,
it will have a long- lasting impact on Iranian Human Rights
situation and will significantly improve the agonizing situation
of human rights in Iran.
For additional information:
North America 001 514 365 9212 001 514 369 4929
Europe 0046 704 124 5000 0041 79 464 2038
is a gross violation of international law. Torture shocks
the human conscience, and degrades human dignity.
the occasion of the United Nations International Day in
Support of Victims of Torture, the International Coalition
Against Torture (InCAT.org), and the Centre International
de Resources Jurisdiques (cirj.org) join together to condemn
this inhumane practice.
September 11, 2001, many governments have used national
security and the fight against terrorism as excuses for
torture, as the pictures from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq
bear witness. The fight against terrorism does not justify
oppose torture and call for an investigation of those soldiers,
commanders and government officials who may be complicit.
is not limited to the fight against terrorism. Many governments
carry out acts of torture in the name of religion and national
security. We oppose all inhuman or degrading treatment.
We condemn the destruction of homes and lands by powerful
armies. We condemn the unlawful occupation of lands, unjustifiable
wars, unlawful acts of aggression, unlawful and indefinite
detention of prisoners of war, discriminatory arrest and
indefinite detention of individuals in the name of national
security, and suicide bombings.
condemn the stoning and execution of women for adultery.
We oppose discrimination and violence against women in the
name of religion. We condemn the inhumane prison conditions
that exist in many countries around the world and the unlawful
detention of thousands of prisoners of conscience, and we
condemn the use of children as soldiers.
3 of the UN Declaration on the Protection of All Persons
from Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment provides that:
State may permit or tolerate torture or other cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment or punishment. Exceptional circumstances
such as a state of war or a threat of war, internal political
instability or any other public emergency may not be invoked
as a justification of torture or other cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment.
stand firmly behind these principles and urge the international
community to take positive steps towards ensuring the materialization,
and the implementation of such principles.
states must amend their respective laws regarding state
immunity for acts of torture committed abroad. Victims of
torture must have access to courts to seek justice against
torturing states. We urge all states to amend their domestic
laws to permit victims of torture to sue foreign states
that have committed such acts.
International Coalition Against Torture (www.InCAT.org)
denounces the conduct of the coalition forces in Abu Gharib
Prison in Iraq. The acts of torture committed are contrary
to human conscience, and in clear violation of international
law and the Geneva Conventions. The International Coalition
Against Torture expects that those who committed these acts,
as well as those senior officials and military commanders
who knew, or ought to have known about such violations will
be brought to justice.