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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:53 am    Post subject: Expulsion of IRI from the UN Reply with quote

Expulsion of IRI from the UN
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: + 41 22 917 9022
E-mail: tb-petitions@ohchr.org
Dear Sir/Madam:
The Iranian Opposition Coalition Council (IOCC) is composed of a large number of
groups opposing the Islamic Republic in Iran (IRI.) The IOCC is demanding that the
membership of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) in the United Nations be terminated.
Over the last 26 years, the people of Iran and the world have been suffering from the ever
increasing activities of IRI in support of terrorism and human rights violations.
IRI has been the cradle of support, sponsorship and the expansion of the religious
terrorism that has been threatening world security. IRI is thriving on international
terrorist activities and has been blackmailing the world by developing nuclear weapons.
Some of the European countries which have been assisting IRI to expand its nuclear
power capabilities for the purpose of the power generation are slowly realizing that the
final objective of IRI is nothing but to obtain nuclear weapons. The international
community will have to face this eminent danger and take steps to alleviate this
worldwide threat.
The United Nations is an organization which defends and protects the rights of the
nations using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a metric by which it
evaluates human rights in the world. We find it surprising that the United Nations allows
the membership and participation of IRI, which violates the most basic rights of Iranian
citizens and justifies their criminal actions in its constitution.
The purpose for submission of this petition is to reveal the contradictions of IRIís
constitution and civil laws with those of United Nations Universal Declarations of
Human Rights. IRIís enormous crimes against humanity are repulsive reflection on
humanity that must be erased.
The Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
Whereas, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all
members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the
Whereas, disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which
have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human
beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been
proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people;
Whereas, it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to
rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the
rule of law;
Whereas, it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations;
Whereas, the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in
fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal
rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better
standards of life in larger freedom;
Whereas, Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the
United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights
and fundamental freedoms;
Whereas, a common understanding of these rights and freedoms, is of the greatest
importance for the full realization of this pledge.
In reality the following are practiced in the Islamic Republic of Iran:
In the 2nd article of IRI constitution it is stated that the foundation of governing, and
legislation only comes from God. Devine revelations are through the Supreme Leader,
the ďImamĒ or (Velayate Faghih).
Article 207 of IRIís penal code states that if a non-Muslim kills a Muslim then the killer
is liable to legal retribution, qisas, and subject to the death penalty. In contrast, a Muslim
can kill a non-Muslim and only pay blood money (Diyeh).
Article 209 states that if a man deliberately murders a Muslim woman, then before he is
to receive qesas (death penalty), the family of the woman have to pay the murdererís
family half of his blood money (diyeh .) The succeeding article extends the same double
standard to a non-Muslim man murdering non-Muslim women, whether or not they share
the same religion. Thus a womanís life is valued as half that of a man and the punishment
of a man murdering a woman is not the same as a womanís unless the family of the
murdered woman pays the murderer half his blood-money.
According to IRI law if a person changes religion from Islam to any other religion, he/she
will be labelled an ďapostateĒ (Mortad) and therefore it is merited to be killed.
The above mentioned Islamic Republic laws are in conflict with the Article 18 of
Universal declaration of human rights that states everyone has the right to freedom of
thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or
belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to
manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Another example is the article of 26 of UDHR that states everyone has the right to
education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.
Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be
made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the
basis of merit. However in the Islamic Republic of Iran, these opportunities are only
available to the Shiite Muslims who can prove their loyalty to the supreme leader.
The article 4 of UDHR states that no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery
and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms, however in the Islamic Republic
of Iran the father or the grandfather of a female can force her to marry anyone who he
deems fit and collect her dowry at any age. He can even deny her permission to travel
and even prevent her from leaving the house. One can only conclude the lawfulness of
slavery in the IRI regime.
The respect for the inherent right to life of a person under 18 is not guaranteed under the
IRI law, particularly in light of article 220 of IRIís Penal Code, which provides that a
man who kills his own child or his son's child is not subject to discretionary punishment
The Islamic Republic article 222 states that anyone who kills an insane individual is not
subject to prosecutions.
The fifth article of UDHR states that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Whereas, Article 201 of IRI criminal law
states that a thief shall be subject to amputation of four fingers of right hand for first
offence, the left foot for the second offence, prison for third and execution for the fourth.
Chapter 6 of the IRI criminal code states that everyone drinking a glass of alcoholic
beverage shall receive 74 lashes.
The penalty for adultery under Article 83 of the penal code, called the Law of Hodoud is
flogging (100 lashes of the whip) for unmarried male and female offenders. Married
offenders may be punished by stoning regardless of their gender, but the method
laid down for a man involves his burial up to his waist, and for a woman up to her chest
(article 102).
The women without the proper Islamic republic dress code will be punished by 74 lashes.
Article 186 of IRI penal code states that any person who is involved with or supports an
armed opposition against the Islamic government and the divine rule is subject to capital
punishment even though the culprit may not be a direct participant in the armed
Article 111 of IRI penal code states that act of homosexuality is punishable by death.
Article 237 of IRIís penal code states that a first degree murder can only be proved based
on the testimony of two male witnesses.
Article 11 of the IRI constitution states that the Iranian armed forcesí duties are to engage
in Jihad (holy war) for god and to promote the divine rule throughout the world. Based
on this article of the IRI constitution, support of terrorist groups by the Islamic Republic
is legal. It is in this framework that IRI sponsors organizations such as Hezbollah,
Islamic Jihad and the Al-Queda. It is perfectly legal to wage war and defeat the infidel
America in Afghanistan and Iraq. This law permits support of terror groups to force out
Israel from Palestine.
In conclusion, based on IRI laws, the arguments presented here and many more that can
be presented upon request, the IOCC hereby urges that the United Nations expel IRI from
the U.N. and all its affiliate organizations.
This statement was presented in and approved by the International Conference of the
Iranian Opposition Coalition Council on March 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
On behalf of IOCC,
Respectfully yours,
Dr. Iman Foroutan
Tel: (818) 986-0200
Fax: (818) 474-7229
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:18 pm    Post subject: UN human rights commission urged to sanction Iran Reply with quote

UN human rights commission urged to sanction Iran

Reporters Without Borders said today it was "essential" that sanctions against Iran are adopted without delay by the UN Commission on Human Rights, which began its annual session yesterday in Geneva.

"After 19 years of successive condemnations, Iran has slipped through the commission's net since 2001 on the grounds that the European Union is engaged in a dialogue with Tehran, but violations of free expression and the physical integrity of journalists have been continuing," the press freedom organization said.

"The human rights commission must defend journalists who are censored, threatened, arbitrarily detained, mistreated and sometimes tortured in Iran for doing their job," Reporters Without Borders added.

Relatives of Iranian journalists who have been the victim of repression will demonstrate today into Geneva to demand the justice they have so far failed to obtain, although they complained to international judicial bodies three years ago.

The relatives of journalists Darioush and Paravaneh Forouhar, Mohammad Mokhtari, Mohammad Jafar Pouyandeh and Pirouz Davani, as well as relatives of human rights lawyer Nasser Zarafshan, will be among those participating in the protest, which is supported by Reporters Without Borders.

More than 10 newspapers have been temporarily suspended or closed down altogether and at least 60 journalists have been summoned for questioning since the human rights commission's last session in March 2004.

Many of these journalist have been the victim of "white torture" in prison, in which they are put in solitary confinement for several months and subjected to interrogation sessions in which the soles of their feet are sometimes beaten with wire. With 13 journalists and bloggers currently detained, Iran is the Middle East's biggest prison for the press.

Iran agreed in 2002 to accept visits from UN working groups but so far only two have been able to go. A working group on arbitrary detention visited Iran from 15 to 27 February 2003, while one on free expression visited from 4 to 10 November 2004.

The rapporteurs of the two groups reported : "a deterioration in the situation of freedom of expression in Iran, with a growing number of newspapers closed and journalists imprisoned, often beyond the legal limit for provisional detention. The systematic repression of all critical opinion as regards the regime's political or religious institutions has installed a climate of fear leading to self-censorship and, in particular, the rapporteurs have observed the use of arbitrary procedures by the judicial institutions violating the most basic rights of defendants, who are tried in secret hearings without a lawyer being present."

The rapporteurs also noted "very harsh prison conditions, including long periods in solitary confinement, that are equivalent to torture."

No measures have been adopted two years after the reports of these working groups were published.

Reporters Without Borders defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world, as well as the right to inform the public and to be informed, in accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reporters Without borders has nine national sections (in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), representatives in Abidjan, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Tokyo and Washington and more than a hundred correspondents worldwide.
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