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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

1-    As is the legitimate demand of the Iranian people, we respectfully request that the US State Department expressly condemn the recent wave of executions of Baluch, Kurdish, and Arab political prisoners and seek an urgent halt to such illegal and unjust practices in Iran.
2-    We ask the US Government to take the initiative in urging the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council to send a fact finding mission to investigate the recent wave of executions in Iran and to report its findings to the UN Security Council for further action.
3-    To put maximum pressure...Read more

Iran Roundtable, while alarmed by the deplorable human rights and dire economic conditions in Iran under the IRI, welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and hopes that the authorities in IRI take the issue of human rights in Iran serious and act upon the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur in his report.
Iran Roundtable also calls upon the IRI authorities to reconsider their longstanding defiance with the international community by reversing their harmful and unnecessary disputed nuclear program.  This approach will not only relieve Iranians from...Read more

Nasrin Sotoudeh and 10 other political prisoners freed on the eve of Rohani's visit to New York

On the eve of a visit by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI) president, Hassan Rouhani, to the United States, the Iranian authorities on Wednesday unexpectedly freed 11 of Iran’s most prominent political prisoners, New York Times reported.

Among those released, prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was serving six years in prison for ‘endangering national security’ and ‘misusing her profession’ as a lawyer. In a telephone interview after her release, she said: “I don’t know why they released me. I don’t know under what legal basis they released me. But I am free.”Read more

Camp Ashraf Massacre

Iraqi security forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, carried out another attack  on the remaining members of Iranian dissident group, Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK) and killed 52 unarmed member of the banned group early Sunday at their camp north of Baghdad, the Iranian exiles said.
The assault on Camp Ashraf began at 5 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. Iraqi troops tied the dissidents’ hands behind their backs and shot them in the head, according to eye-witnessesRead more

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