Thursday, February 3, 2011

UN Human Rights Commissioner Calls on Iran to Halt Executions

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that Iran has executed at least 66 people in the month of January alone, an alarming surge in executions that has defied pressures from human rights group across the world.

"We have urged Iran, time and again, to halt executions," Pillay said. "I am very dismayed that instead of heeding our calls, the Iranian authorities appear to have stepped up the use of the death penalty."

Most executions were for drug offenses, but there were also executions for political activism. Two executions were held in public, which Pillay said compounded their cruelty and inhumanity.

Iran's UN mission in Geneva declined press requests for comment on Wednesday.


Anonymous said...

Not that I am advocating such (personally I'm opposed to capital punishment), but I should point out there exists a sizable number of Americans fed up with what they see as unnecessary judicial delays, and advocate the same sort of frequency be applied to the large numbers of condemned prisoners that currently fill up state's death row wards. These Americans base their discontent on both moral and fiscal grounds.

Anonymous said...

The Iranians may have an atom bomb within two years, the authoritative Jane's Defence Weekly warned. That was in 1984, two decades ago.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone actually care about what this institution says, knowing how biased they actually are ?

Anonymous said...

Send your prisoners to LA jails fr some front to back rendition instead!

anonymous no. 5 said...

Anonymous no. 3 and 4

So are you for the executions? You think that Iran should do it?

Anonymous said...

If the talk is about Zahra khanum Bahrami, then imagine the pain certain parents must have felt when her drugs were ruining their childrens lives.

You claim Iran lies ? then what about the 16 Kilo in 2003, for which this patriotic Royalist went to prison.

In Iran more than 50 Grams goes down as dealer and a dealer is hanged,even if the queen of England.

Its just another programmed Iran bashing.


Anonymous said...

3:59 Your inherent blind ignorance at times makes me laugh. You rant and rave about Zionists and Americans but these countries don't crucify and hang Christians like Iran does... The God of the Universe sees all things, unlike yourself.