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UN Condemns Iran regime’s Human Rights Violations

By Poorang Novak

May 3, 2024

Credits @FFHR.CZ

On Wednesday, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General addressed recent news from Iran, stating strong opposition to the death penalty in all cases, including that of Toomaj Salehi.

He also emphasized the need to address the reported murder of Nika Shakarami.

Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson, responded to a BBC World report alleging Nika Shakarami’s killing by Iranian regime forces during the 2022 protests.

He described the report as “extremely troubling” and highlighted the Secretary-General’s repeated concerns about human rights violations in Iran. He further emphasized the role of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran and other relevant human rights mechanisms, suggesting that the BBC’s findings be submitted for investigation.

Regarding the reported death sentence against protest singer Toomaj Salehi, the spokesperson reiterated the UN’s consistent opposition to capital punishment.

He expressed hope that the sentence would not be carried out and acknowledged that these concerns had been regularly raised with Iranian authorities.

Last week’s statement by Salehi’s lawyer regarding his death sentence sparked global outrage against the verdict issued by the Isfahan Revolutionary Court.

Amir Raisian, the lawyer, stated on Saturday: “Despite being included in the 2022 amnesty, Toomaj Salehi was not pardoned but instead sentenced to death.”

Outrage continues following the publication of documents alleging Nika Shakrami’s sexual assault and murder by Iranian regime agents during the 2022 protests.

The regime’s judiciary has responded by filing charges against journalists who reported on the teenager’s death based on these documents.

Social media users have widely praised Nika Shakarami’s courage and resilience, highlighting that the 16-year-old bravely stood her ground even in her final moments. While the perpetrators remain free, many believe they will face justice eventually.

BBC World reported on Monday that it had obtained “highly confidential” documents detailing Nika Shakarami’s interrogation by IRGC forces. These documents reportedly identify her killers and senior commanders who attempted to conceal the truth.

Following the report’s publication, social media users expressed shock and outrage at the manner of Nika Shakarami’s death, commending her courage and resilience until the very end.


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