On Thursday December 17, 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution strongly condemning the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran, in particular the mass and arbitrary executions, increasing violence and discrimination against women, ethnic, and religious minorities. This is the 62nd UN resolution condemning rights abuses by the clerical regime.
Maryam Rajavi, welcomed the resolution and said: "Mounting violation of human rights in Iran and condemnation of the clerical regime by the highest international body for consecutive years through the past three decades, vividly indicates that this regime has no place in the international community and should be rejected by the international community. The murderers of the Iranian people, whose black record includes the execution of 120,000 political prisoners and seven massacres in Ashraf and Liberty must be held accountable by the UN Security Council and be brought before justice for crimes against humanity. This is the only way to respect the vote of the majority of countries against human rights abuses in Iran over the past 30 years, especially in light of the fact that most of the current leaders of the regime have held key positions in the past 35 years and have taken part in crimes against humanity.”
"The misguided calculation that by resorting to silence in the face of human rights violations in Iran, the regime's nuclear projects and export of terrorism and fundamentalism could be contained, is a dangerous mistake that stems from short-term economic interests and short-sighted political considerations. The clerical regime considers inaction in the face of its crimes against humanity as a green light to continue its torture and killings and emboldens it in warmongering in Syria, Iraq, and the entire region. It ensures the regime that the international community is not serious about confronting its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons," Mrs. Rajavi added.
The resolution expresses “serious concern at the alarming high frequency of, and increase in the carrying-out of the death penalty, in disregard of internationally recognized safeguards, ... and at the continuing imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty against minors and persons who at the time of their offence were under the age of 18” and calls on the Iranian regime “to abolish, in law and in practice, public executions… and executions carried out in violation of its international obligations” and “to ensure, in law and in practice, that no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
The resolution expresses serious concerns from “all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls, violence against persons belonging to recognized and unrecognized religious minorities” and calls for elimination “in law and in practice” of “all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against persons belonging to ethnic, linguistic or other minorities.”
The resolution also calls upon the regime “to end widespread and serious restrictions… on the right to freedom of expression, opinion, association and peaceful assembly” and “to release persons arbitrarily detained.”
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 17, 2015