UN Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman told members of the Human Rights Council that Iran committed “egregious” human rights violations.

The regime should be held accountable for a brutal crackdown on political and religious freedom, at least since public protests occurred in 2019, according to the March 10 Voice of America. 

“It is beyond belief that almost 18 months since the deadly crackdown against the November 2019 protests in Iran, the government has still not conducted a proper investigation nor held anyone accountable for the lethal force used against protesters,” Rehman charged.

The repressive totalitarian regime failed to prosecute those responsible for the numerous deaths and launched a system of threats against the relatives of the victims, who are demanding justice.

Rehman emphasized the high rate of Tehran’s application of the death penalty, which resulted in 267 executions, including several children.  

Compounding the situation, painful torture is inflicted on people to induce them to make confessions that are then used as evidence. In the time elapsed this year, 40 death sentences have already been handed down.

Also, the repression extends to foreigners and citizens with dual nationality, who are arbitrarily detained. 

On the other hand, members of ethnic minorities suffer executions and disappearances.  Nor do women and girls escape human rights violations.

In this regard, Rehman stated: “While some positive steps—such as in education and citizenship rights—are recognized, egregious gender-based discrimination persists in law, practice and societal attitudes, disempowering women and girls from participating and contributing in society,” according to Voice of America.

The paradox of these denunciations is that the United Nations Human Rights Council admitted as members representatives of countries that commit genocide, routinely abuse religious freedom, and suppress citizens’ political participation. 

Thus, the president of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, welcomed China, Cuba, Russia, and Pakistan, among other countries, which is why the United States left that institution in 2018, according to The Washington Free Beacon of Oct. 13.