To: Mr. António Guterres
Secretary General of the United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Dear Secretary General,
we write to you in order to inform you of an urgent call for the immediate release of demonstrators in nationwide protests in Iran.
We are gravely concerned about the human rights violations going on in Iran and the killing and suppression of peaceful demonstrators in that country.
Since the start of pro-democracy demonstrations in Iran on December 28, 2017, the regime has started killing defenseless protesters and has carried out widespread arrests in Iran. These prisoners have been detained in prisons all over Iran where they were subjected to intense interrogations and in many instances, torture. A number of protesters have also disappeared.
These are clear acts of crimes against humanity and we believe that it is up to the United Nations to hold the Iranian government accountable for its actions.
On January 3, 2018, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged the Iranian authorities to “respect the rights of all demonstrators and detainees, including their right to life, and guarantee their safety and security” and to investigate all deaths and serious injuries that have occurred so far.
On May 9, 2018, after protests by the people of Kazeroun, in which at least two demonstrators were killed by security forces while dozens were arrested, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that they “wanted to make sure that the rights of team to assemble and to protest peacefully were respected by all, including the security forces”, and that the UN would hold them to that.
We request that you take action and make decisive decisions to prevent further suppression and the killing of peaceful demonstrators and call for the unconditional release of the thousands of detainees arrested throughout Iran. Please inform the Iranian authorities that if they continue their suppressive measures, serious steps will be taken by the United Nations.
Dr. Zoi Aliozi
Secretary General of Citizens Rights Watch