Co-Presidents of Italian group call for immediate release of Iranian protesters
The Italian Co-Presidents of the Group for International Cooperation on Human Rights culture Roberto Malini, Dario Picciau, Glenys Robinson, have written to the United Nations to 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.
Thier statement reads 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.
The Group recognizes this to be an absolute lack of respect for freedom of opinion and the right to assemble on the part of the Iranian government and we believe that it is up to the United Nations to hold the Iranian government accountable for its actions.
The Italian NGO also mention Kazeroun protests on May 9, 2018, 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.
They are requesting UN to inform the Iranian authorities that if they continue their suppressive measures, serious steps will be taken.