CNN veröffentlicht einen offenen Brief von Shirin Ebadi, iranische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin 2003 und Anwältin der sieben inhaftierten Mitglieder der ehemaligen Bahá’í-Führungsriege, an die Hochkommissarin für Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nation,
Not only non-Muslims are persecuted — such as members of the Baha’i faith who, since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, have not even been allowed to study at university — but even the followers of Iran’s official religion, Shi’ite Islam, have not been immune from government repression; as an example, one could cite the persecution and detention of the Gonabad Dervishes [who practice the Sufi tradition of Islam].
Sie ruft die Mitgliedsstaaten des Menschenrechtsrates zu Maßnahmen im Rahmen des internationalen Menschenrechtsschutzsystems der Vereinten Nationen auf.
So, I urge you, yet again, to use whatever means possible to convince the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to abide by the resolutions adopted by the U.N. General Assembly, in particular the resolution of December 2009; to allow human rights rapporteurs, especially those who deal with arbitrary arrests, freedom of expression, religion and women’s rights, to enter Iran, and to cooperate with them.
I also urge you to appoint a special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, who would be able to continuously monitor the government’s conduct and, by offering prompt advice and suggestions, help end the political crisis and mounting repression.