The opening speech of Mr. Taimoor Aliassi the UN Representative of the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva during the panel on the situation of human rights in Iran in UN Human Rights Council parallel session

Distinguished Guests, Dear Participants,

On behalf of the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva, the International Educational Development and our partners: Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM), Le Mouvement contre le Racisme et Pour l’Amitié entre les Peuples (MRAP), the Impact Iran and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, I welcome you to this special event with the participation of our honorable guests Dr. Ahmed Shaheed the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of HRs in the IRI, Mr. Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, Executive Director of ECPM, Mr. Gianfranco Fatorrini, the UN Representative of MRAP, Ms. Diane ALAI, UN Representative of the Bahai International Community and Mr. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Spokesperson of Iran Human Rights,
Dear participants, we are here again with Dr. Ahmed Shaheed and our guests because the situation of human rights in Iran is dramatically deteriorating.

Despite signs of openness after the election of President Rohani and the Geneva agreement with the west on its nuclear program, the situation of human rights and ethnic minorities such as Kurds, Baluchis, Arabs, Azeris and Baha’is continue to worry defenders of human rights, the UN and the international community.

Since the election of president Rohani in June 2013, more than 400 prisoners have been executed and most of the political hangings havé taken place in ethnic minority areas. The number of extra-judicial killings of Kurdish border couriers has doubled; there have been 28 incidents in the last three months involving the death of 13 border couriers.

Despite President Rohani’s pledge to promote ethnic rights, by nominating governors of the same ethnic origin as the province, none of the four governors nominated in Kurdistan in December 2013 are of Kurdish origin, and the situation is the same in other minority areas.
Despite presidential electoral campaign promises to promote more cultural rights and education in mother-tongue languages for ethnic groups, this has not materialized and instead more cultural activists have been arrested.

Despite President Rohani’s promise to clear Kurdistan and Khuzstan from 20 million landmines implanted during the 8 year Iran-Iraq war, the new government not only fails to take any concrete measures to clean the contaminated lands but it also does not allow international landmine NGOs such as the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Geneva Demining Humanitarian Center or Geneva Call into the county to help. To give an example, in the last 2 months alone, 8 explosions of landmines have been reported in Kurdistan which injured 9 children under 12, two of them, Dana and Gashin lost a leg.

Unfortunately, the list of Human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran is very long and this is why we are here yet again this year with the UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Shaheed who is dealing very courageously with one of the most complicated and defying system in the world to discuss these challenges.

But before giving the floor to our guests and to my colleague Dr. Karen Parker who has been promoting HR around the whole world for more than 3 decades to chair this panel, may I kindly ask you to switch of your mobile phones. At the end of the presentations, we will make sure that you have a chance to ask questions to our guests.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Karen the floor is yours

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