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HRC31: Denmark addresses human rights situation in Iran in dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Iran

14.03.2016 

Mr. President
Denmark would like to express our support to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran and commend his efforts to monitor and investigate human rights violations in Iran.
We remain concerned with the extraordinarily high number of executions, the execution of juvenile offenders and the use of physical punishment in Iran. We welcome the internal discussions aimed at examining Iran’s use of death penalty – in particular regarding drug related crimes. 

We are troubled with the ongoing violations of fundamental human rights; including the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and the arbitrary arrests inter alia of persons with dual citizenship. The continued discrimination against women, girls, and religious minorities, including the Baha’i community, remains a serious concern. 
Denmark calls upon the Iranian government to follow all recommendations presented by the Special Rapporteur. This includes establishing a moratorium on the use of capital punishment and releasing all detainees unlawfully held in the country’s prisons.

Dr. Shaheed, could you further elaborate on the internal discussions aimed at examining Iran’s use of death penalty. Do you foresee any changes to the current practice?