ICHR condemns the gross and systematic violation of human rights in Iran, Syria, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East and calls upon governments to stop inhuman and unjust laws.
While we join many around the globe who celebrate the International Human Rights Day in solidarity with courage, clarity and principle of speaking up peacefully, to create greater freedom and justice, we urge everyone to stand up in promoting and defending human rights and condemn the governments for violating human rights, unfair trials, disappearances, tortures, suppressing peaceful protests, outrageous discriminatory legislation policies against Women and minorities, murders, especially the killings of the minors, and use of death penalty.
Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on 10 December. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all to stand up for our rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the security and democracy of all human beings.
The persecution of dissidents and minorities must end in the Middle Eastern countries. All Human Beings Are Born Equals with Dignity & Rights;
Right to freedom of expression.
Right to freedom of thought.
Right to peaceful assembly.
Right to access the law.
Right to education.
Right to culture.
Right to safety.
Right to life.
The gross growing violation of human rights by the nation’s governments in the Middle East is extremely alarming and the greatest threat to peace worldwide.
- The Islamic Republic of Iran must stop the execution of prisoners and arresting civilians for various reasons. The Iranian regime increased the number death penalty, especially of political prisoner’s, continued the death penalty on minors, persecuted and harassed religious minorities, violated the rights of prisoners, especially political prisoners, obtained forced confessions, continued discrimination against minorities and women and violated the rights of women systematically.
The government must end all forms of discrimination against minorities or women based on conscience, religion, economic restrictions, restrictions on access to education, in law and practice. As well as releasing imprisoned human rights activists, especially those detained during the peaceful protests of November 2019, and to halt harsh sentences, executions, long prison terms, the death penalty, torture, and imprisoning the dissidents.
Also, the Islamic Republic must rectify the poor condition of prisons, especially in the context of the corona outbreak, and end the deliberate refusal to provide medical care, safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for the prisoners.
- All acts of violence especially any use of force in the conflict between Israeli and Palestine, against civilians, as well as journalists, medical and humanitarian personnel, must be stopped. Also, all acts of violence by militants and armed groups civilians which are resulting in loss of life and injury must be stopped.
All actions contravening international laws, as well as discriminatory legislation, policies and actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people must end, Including the killing and injury of civilians, the arbitrary detention and imprisonment of civilians, forced displacement and any obstruction of humanitarian assistance.
- The government of Syria must develop a framework that can help aid agencies ensure that they can operate in Syria in accordance with human rights principles.
Millions of people in Syria require humanitarian assistance and that the cross-border. Between the coronavirus pandemic and the gutting of the cross-border resolution, the need for humanitarian assistance in Syria has never been greater. By turning a blind eye to the problems humanitarian operations face, the situations get riskier making the problems worse and harder to get aid to those who need it the most.
- the government of Iraq must address the challenges it faces as it continues its stabilization efforts, including the ongoing fight against terrorism and ISIL, Al-Qaida and their affiliates.
Iraq must continue the task of recovery, reconstruction and reconciliation, including the requirement to meet the needs of all Iraqis, including women, youth, children, displaced persons, and persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities.
The Government must urgently deliver meaningful reforms aimed at meeting the Iraqi people’s legitimate demands to address corruption, deliver essential and basic services, diversify its economy, create jobs, improve governance, and strengthen viable and responsive state institutions.
- The govt of Afghanistan & Taliban must take effective measures to end threats, intimidation, & violence against Afghan civilians, journalists & media organizations.
The violence against people of Afghanistan, the violations, war, and the killings in Kabul is extremely alarming and The UnitedNations must take more immediate and firm actions to end the attacks on the civilians and condemn the guilty in the international courts.
Violence and armed crime have escalated in recent months since the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
- Government of Pakistan must be condemned for violating Freedom of Expression and Attacks on Civil Society, Freedom of Religion and Belief, Violence against women and girls—including rape, so-called honour killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, forced marriage, and Death Penalty (Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, one of the world’s largest populations facing execution.)
The government must end Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Law Enforcement Abuses including Suicide bombings, armed attacks, and killings by the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates targeted religious minorities, security personnel, and politicians, resulting in hundreds of deaths.
- Saudi Arabia must be condemned for violations against children in armed conflict, violation of human rights, as well as the country’s dismal treatment of Saudi dissidents and human rights activists.
The government must end Yemen Airstrikes and Blockade, violating Freedom of Expression, Association or Belief, the commonly used systematic violations, due process and unfair trials, including arbitrary arrest, and its discriminatory male guardianship system that extremely violates Women’s or Girls’ Rights.
There widespread patterns of violations by security forces in the context of the criminal justice system, including torture and other ill-treatment and enforced disappearances, are most notable in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
Authorities must repeal provisions criminalizing same-sex sexual relations, scrap anal examinations and enact legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Authorities need to accelerate the actions towards greater recognition of women’s rights in law and translate legal commitments to address violence against women into action that delivers accountability against perpetrators.
Governments in the region must halt direct and constructive refoulement of refugees and asylum-seekers to Syria and other countries, while Western and other states must take on much greater burden-sharing responsibility, including through resettlement.
” We call upon the governments to release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally, tolerate peaceful criticism both offline and online and stop harassing human rights defenders by judicial and other means”. Said Ardeshir Zarezadeh, ICHR director.
“They must respect the right to protest peacefully, stop security forces, from using live ammunition when there is no imminent risk to life and open independent and impartial investigations into killings of protesters”.
ICHR will continue fighting for human rights, refugee rights, as well as standing with prisoners and human rights activists in the Middle East and neighbouring countries.
ICHR strongly calls on the International Community to stand in solidarity with the people of the Middle East and take the government officials to account. The UN must condemn the grave human rights violation in countries such as Iran, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and bring resolution to stop the violation of human rights.