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 “Given Iran’s ethno-cultural compositions, such distinction by the UN Rights System is imperative that reporting of rights abuses should be impartial and neutral and so should be the sources and media outlets.  For example, major human rights organizations only highlight and focus on right abuses that occur in the center, merely because their upbringing culture is the same as those of the oppressors. Therefore, they rarely touch on issues that are dear to the hearts of many in Kurdistan and other deprived and neglected areas of Iran.”.
~ Sharif BehruzRead more

Each of the participants debate a range of issues pertaining to Iran's future:
-The place of nationalities within Iran and remedies to resolve this sensitive issue, namely federalism as an alternative to highly centralized Iran.
-Comparative analysis of self-determinations movements: The Scottish Referendum
with:
-Carol Prunhuber, Author and Iran Roundtable Advisory Board Member
-Daniel Brett, consultant and Iran Roundtable Advisory Board Member
-Habib Azarsina, Azarbijani activist and Vice-President of Iran Roundtable
-Homayoun Mobasseri, human rights...Read more

calling "... on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, to initiate an independent and impartial investigation into the deteriorating situation of prisoners of conscience in Iran, and the April 17th raid at Evin prison.  Once more, we call on the government of Iran to co-operate with the UN Special Raportuer, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and to permit his entry into Iran in order to carry out his mandate”.   
Behruz of Iran Roundtable further urged the international community, in particular the United States to condemn “this barbaric act” against political prisoners in Iran,...Read more

For Immediate Release
Washington, DC – March 28, 2014 - Iran Roundtable (IR) issued the following statement regarding the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNRC) vote to renew the mandate of Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed.
 
IR considers the UNRC decision to renew the mandate of Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed a welcome development for human rights in Iran.  The decision shows that human rights conditions in Iran under the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran is still very grim, even with the election of moderate President Rouhani, and is of a special concern to...Read more

More than 40 people were hanged in Iran in the first 22 days of this year, senior United Nations officials have just revealed. In a report just published on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed and Christopher Heyns said there had been a surge in summary executions in Iran. Those put to death included a number of people accused of acting against national security. The two UN Special Raporteurs called on Tehran to put an immediate halt to any further hangings.Read more

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere".
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.  

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Elders, an independent group of former global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, arrived in Tehran, Iran for a four day visit. The group hopes to engage the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) with the international community. The Elders included former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Finland President Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo. Read more

On December 10, 1948, UNGA adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” Following, UNGA created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference, marked the beginning of a renewed effort in the protection and promotion of human rights and is regarded as one of the most significant human rights documents of the past quarter century.

Iran Roundtable is deeply appalled by the recent execution of four Ahwazi Arabs who were hanged this week following weeks of confusion over their disappearance from prison.
The four men, Abdulreza Amir Khanafereh (26), Ghazi Abbasi (31), Abdulamir Mojdami (33) and Jasem Moghadampanah (28) - were sentenced to death by Judge Ali Farhadvand at Branch 1 of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court last year. Three others were given life sentences. These sentences were upheld by Judge Reza Farajollahi at the Supreme Revolutionary Court on 13 February 2013.Read more

Clashes and Executions in Iran, 20 prisoners executed following the death of more than 20 IRGC guardsmen

Iranian regime authorities in Iran hanged 16 prisoners Saturday in response to deadly overnight clashes between Baluchi armed groups and border security forces in southeast Iran province pf Baluchistan, the semi-official Fars news agency, affiliated to country’s Revolutionary Guards reported.
According to Iran’s official news agency IRNA 14 Iranian border guards were killed in Baluchistan region between Iran and Pakistan border. Six more were injured and three taken hostage, the news agency added. It earlier said as many as 17 security personnel had diedRead more

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