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Iranain activists call for more urgency in UN observers' trip to Iran

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian activists: (clockwise) Bazargan, Behnoud, Ebadi, Kar, Yousefi-Eshkevari, Negahdar, Mohajerani, Kadivar

A group of Iranian political and social activists appealed to Navi Pillay, United Nation's High Commissioner of Human Rights, to show more urgency in dispatching its Special Rapporteurs on human rights to Iran.

The signatories state that they "regard such a visit a matter of urgency" and since Iran has expressed willingness to welcome such a visit, they urge Ms. Pillay to speed up the process.

Navi Pillay had announced earlier that she is planning to visit Iran in the coming year to inspect issues of human rights concern.

Head of Human Rights Headquarters of Iran's Judiciary responded to Ms. Pillay's travel plans by announcing that Iran would welcome the visit.

The eight signatories of the letter addressed to Navi Pillay urge the Special Rapporteurs to investigate "arbitrary detentions", extrajudicial executions", "torture" and death sentences issued for political prisoners as well as all death sentences carried out following the disputed presidential elections of 2009.

They also urge a probe into the heavy prison terms issued for post election detainees and the case of those who have been detained without being charged.

Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi; lawyer and human rights advocate, Mehrangiz Kar; senior member of Freedom Movement of Iran and religious researcher, Abdol Ali Bazargan; writer and journalist, Masoud Behnoud; senior cleric and Professor of Islamic Studies; Mohsen Kadivar; former Deputy President and Minister of Culture, Ataollah Mohajerani; political analyst, Farrokh Negahdar; and cleric, researcher and journalist, Hassan Yousefi-Eshkevari are the eight signatories of the letter to the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

The signatories stress that "an imminent visit of the Rapporteurs might prevent more tragic life losses."

The letter comes after the Islamic Republic executed Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Holi, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian last Sunday for the charge of membership in "anti-Revolutionary" organizations.

The executions have triggered a wave of condemnation from domestic and international human rights groups as well as opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

Council of National-Religious Activists also spoke out against the executions and warned that such policies threaten the national security of the country.

They add that in the issuance and execution of these sentences even the judicial regulations passed by the very ruling class have not been observed.

The Council of National-Religious Activists concludes its statement by urging a return to "legal, humane and religious principles" in Iran.


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