Source: Ahmed Shaheed’s Official Website
6 October 2015
Agenda item 72 (c)Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives
Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Note by the Secretary-General*
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit the fifth report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the General Assembly in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 28/21. The Special Rapporteur presented his fourth interim report to the General Assembly at its sixty-ninth session (A/69/356), and submitted his fourth report to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-eighth session (A/HRC/28/70), during which the Human Rights Council extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for the fourth time.
The present report does not detail all violations of human rights in the country reported to the Special Rapporteur. However, it provides an overview of the prevailing human rights situation, with a focus on systemic issues that pose obstacles to the ability of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to comply with its international human rights obligations and commitments, including recommendations accepted by the Government at the outcome of its universal periodic review in March 2015.
II. Civil and political rights
A. Right to life
17. Reports also persist of individuals being sentenced to death for their beliefs. On 1 August 2015, Mohammad Ali Taheri, a well-known author of alternative medical theories and founder of the group, Erfan-e-Halgheh, a self-described arts and culture institute in Tehran, was reportedly sentenced to death on charges of “sowing corruption on Earth”. The sentence was issued while Mr. Taheri was already serving a five-year sentence for the crime of “insulting [religious] sanctities” in relation to his peaceful activities.11 Mr. Taheri was first arrested in 2010 on charges of “acting against national security” and was reportedly held in solitary confinement for 67 days before his release.
Read full report here: shaheedoniran.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SR-Report-Iran-Oct2015.pdf