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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Mashregh News

[Date:] 14 Aban 1399 [4 November 2020]


The Kicking of Javaid Rehman Continues

In his latest human rights report from Iran, Javaid Rehman, special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, expressed concern about the high incidence of the death penalty, forced confessions, and religious discrimination against Baha’is.

Iranians do not have access to a lawyer!

On 27 Mehr [18 October], UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres presented the latest report on the human rights situation in Iran at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. The report of the UN secretary general mentions the shortcomings of criminal proceedings in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including judicial independence, jurisdiction of judicial authorities, inequality before the law and access to legal counsel!

Interviews with victims of human rights violations

The information in this report was provided by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, NGOs, and the media; the report cited interviews by UNHCR individuals, including victims of human rights abuses (read: hostile to the regime), their families, and their lawyers.

This report covers the information obtained from 9 Mehr 1398 [1 October 2019] to 20 Khordad 1399 [9 June 2020]. The situation of minorities, the situation of women and girls, the situation of dual nationals and environmental activists imprisoned in Iran, the death penalty, and the right to a fair trial are among the issues addressed in this report.

Recommendations of Javaid Rehman

Javaid Rehman, special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, says in his latest report that he regrets that the government of Iran has accepted fully or partially only nine of the 25 recommendations on freedom of religion (referring to the situation of the Baha’is)!

In this report, Javaid Rehman, while referring to the incompatibility of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the right to freedom of expression, expresses concern about forced confessions under torture.

The international deputy of the judiciary, in explaining Iran’s response to the report, said, “The draft of this report was recently provided to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and at the same time we gave a detailed response to this report.”

Ali Bagheri added, “The content of the report was evaluated paragraph by paragraph and its problems, deficiencies, contradictions and shortcomings were explained, but the important point is that in many cases, due to the same political approach, the responses of the Islamic Republic of Iran were not considered. Where they were mentioned, the special rapporteur stated all the allegations and accusations of the political groups in one paragraph, and at the end of that paragraph added the opinion of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The report is based on their allegations and accusations, and there is no expert view on the issue of human rights in this report.”