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Statement by Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, at the forty-sixth session of the Human Rights Council - Item 4  

GENEVA - 9 March 2021

Madame President

Distinguished Delegates

I am honoured to address the Human Rights Council to present my report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. I thank the Government for its engagement, including its comments on this report, replies to communications and meetings with its representatives. I again respectfully request access to Iran in line with the terms of my mandate. I also sincerely thank civil society organizations and most importantly the victims of human rights violations in Iran for their testimonies.


The International Community Must Work for the Release of Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi

Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 16, 2021: According to a former cellmate, students Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment in order to force false confessions from them. A year after their arrest, Ali and Amirhossein are still held in security Ward 209 of Evin Prison without a trial or access to their lawyer.

Their lawyer has said that he has not been permitted to meet or speak with his clients and that they had been charged with efsad fil arz (corruption on earth). Punishable by death, the charge puts Ali and Amirhossein at risk of execution. Iran Human Rights had previously warned of the impending heavy sentences and televised confessions that the two students would be facing.

degradation of Iranian youthIran-HRM, April 22, 2021: The state security forces have paraded 34 young men in the streets to punish them for attending the Iranian fire festival which was heled on March 16, the state-run IRNA news agency reported today.

The public degradation was carried out in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad with the presence of Judge Seyed Hadi Shariatyar, Deputy of Crime Prevention of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Mashhad.

15 April 2021, Index number: MDE 13/3993/2021

Jamshid Sharmahd, a 66-year-old German-Iranian political dissident, is at risk of being convicted in a grossly unfair trial and sentenced to death. He has been arbitrarily detained in Iran for over eight months, at times in circumstances akin to enforced disappearance, without trial and access to an independent lawyer of his choosing and consular assistance. State TV broadcast his forced “confessions”, in breach of his right to a fair trial. There are fears that he is not receiving adequate health care for his serious medical conditions…..




2 Kurdish  citizens have been  sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison by the Iranian judiciary for participating in the November 2019 protests in Kermanshah.

Hengaw, April 12, 2021: According to a report received by  Hengaw Human Rights Organization, in recent days, 2 Kurdish citizens, Jalal Namdari from Kermanshah and Saeed Khaledi from Paveh, have been tried and sentenced to prison by the  First Branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court in Kermanshah for participating in the November 2019 protests

According to the verdict, Jalal Namdari was sentenced to five years in prison for "acting against national security" through cooperation with the Mojahedin Khalq Organization of Iran, and for "gathering and colluding to commit a crime" by participating in and encouraging people to participate in the November 2019 protests.  He has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, which according to the law of aggregation of severe sentences, the objective punishment is 5 years imprisonment.


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