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Call for free and fair elections in Iran

Friday, 29 March 2013

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, on BBC Persian, took the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that was adopted in March 1976 and ratified by 167 countries, including Iran, and argues that it provides an opportunity to reflect on the state of these basic human rights in the Islamic Republic, especially as the country prepares for presidential elections on June 14. Shaheed writes under the headline, “The Call for Free and Fair Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran”: “Unfortunately, in Iran, the 2009 presidential elections and violent post-election events demonstrate that rather than offering an opportunity for people to assert their basic civil and political rights, elections in Iran have seemingly become a time when rights are subdued and choices imposed… That the country will engage in an open and considered debate about its future. And yet, as one surveys the situation of human rights in Iran in 2013, it is difficult to foresee that things will be better than they were four years ago. In fact, for a range of reasons, not least the response of the Iranian authorities to the revolutions taking place elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa, it is possible that they could be worse… It is therefore of great concern that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to place significant and unreasonable limitations on the right of Iranian citizens to stand for Presidential office…”

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  • Published: 112 days ago on Friday, 29 March 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: March 29, 2013 @ 11:34 am
  • Filed Under: Human Rights
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    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/persian/viewpoints/2013/03/post-507.html; http://www.shaheedoniran.org/index.php?news=3167

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