The Center of Coordination for Iranian Opposition Kurdish Political
We strongly believe that the Iranian regime and its oppressive leadership have no respect for human rights and peace in Iran and in the Middle East.
To: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, The President of United Nations General Assembly 73rd session
The Center of Coordination for Iranian Opposition Kurdish Political Parties is writing to bring to your attention as you embark on the general debate of the seventy-third session in which Mr. Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran is scheduled to speak on Wednesday September 26. We see an urgent need for
immediate measures and mechanisms to stop Iran from further abuse of human rights within and beyond its borders. In this session, the concerned authorities of United Nation are expected to hold Rouhani accountable for the deterioration of Iran’s human rights situation.
In the recent years a shivering fear has clouded the human rights condition in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The election of President Rouhani in 2013 gave false hope to the Iranians and the international community that human rights situations may improve. In fact, during his presidency Iranian authorities have ramped up already suffocating levels of repression against their critics, and political opponents.
Since 2013, the situation has worsened, in a report released on April 12, London-based international human rights watchdog Amnesty International reported “more than half (51%) of all recorded executions in 2017 were carried out in Iran.” The widespread use of the death penalty and torture remains a grave concern to all Iranians. The nature and the character of the Iranian regime’s human right violations is diverse and multi-dimensional. The ecurity forces in the border region counting to 86 people in 2017, and 104 people in the first half of 2018.
In the last five years, during the presidency of Rouhani, the socio-economic conditions of Iranian people has been deteriorating. The State’s continues to repress and silence the Iranian citizens, human rights defenders, lawyers, teachers, workers, environmentalists, intellectuals, journalists and all those who dare to question the legitimacy of the corrupted ruling authorities. Iranian women rights activists have and continue to be targeted and the number of disappearances, harsh and unlawful sentences in mock trials are rising. Gender disparity and discrimination pervade Iranian society under Islamic laws.
Successive administrations including the last two governments under Rouhani’s watch have avoided aking responsibility for the mass scale of human rights abuse and mistreatment of the peaceful Iranian activists.
Following a mass strike by Kurdish merchants and civilians on September 12, Iranian security forces arrested 12 Kurdish citizens, and civil rights activists in the Kurdish regions. Several activists were summoned for long, intensive interrogations by the Iranian intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guards. The Kurdish minority has an over-representation in the Iranian jails. In the last four decades, Iranian political prisoners in general, and Kurdish prisoners in particular have been subjected to the most severe torture. Confessions are routinely elicited under torture, and the rights of prisoners to due process are denied.
This year the theme for the general debate session is "making the United Nations relevant to all people:global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies." We would like to remind you that the Iranian regime and its current leadership have already proven incompetent to bring any positive change to the lives of millions and provide them with the most basic of daily needs.
Due to mismanagement of the resources, corruption and responsibilities of the ruling authorities, Iran’s major lakes and rivers have undergone catastrophic desiccation in recent years resulting in detrimental impacts on regional pollution, public health, and the country’s climate. Iran is confronted with drought disaster in many parts in the recent years. Environmental degradation, and fast-paced desertification of the large swath of territories have afflicted Iranians and low-income farmers across the country.
Speaking of shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies, all the records point to a harsh tragic socio-economic conditions within which Iranian people are suffering at the hands of current authorities. Unemployment and poverty in Iran is rising, inflation is reaching record levels and the very low minimum wage means most citizens must take on several jobs just to survive.
Given the exigency of above mentioned concerns, we urge you to proactively engage with the Iranianpresident and send a clear message to the concerned authorities and the United Nations seventy-third session and all its attendees. We condemn the attendance of president Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly 73rd session. We strongly believe that the Iranian regime and its oppressive leadership have no respect for human rights and peace in Iran and in the Middle East.
The Center of Coordination for Iranian Opposition Kurdish Political Parties September 22, 2018