UNHRC resolution calls on mullahs to stop assassination of opponents, torture, executions, and stoning
- Rajavi: Censure reflects vigilant conscience of human community and failure of mullahs' conspiracies

The 54th session of the UN Human Rights Commission adopted a resolution condemning "continuing grave violations of human rights," "large number of executions," "discrimination" and "increased pressure" against religious minorities in Iran, and called on Iran's ruling theocracy to "take all necessary steps to end the use of torture and the practice of amputation, stoning and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment."

The resolution again called on the clerical regime "to refrain from violence against members of the Iranian opposition living abroad" and "cooperate wholeheartedly with the authorities of other countries in investigating and prosecuting" the assassins. Denouncing the regime's prevention of the UNHRC Special Representative's visit to Iran, the resolution extended his mandate and criticized "the continued lack of full and equal enjoyment by women of human rights."

In recent months, the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship launched a major campaign in different European capitals and dispatched a large delegation consisting of Intelligence Ministry agents, Foreign Ministry and Judiciary officials to Geneva. By offering economic concessions and engaging in political dealings with a number of European countries, it tried to circumvent the adoption of a resolution of condemnation by the Human Rights Commission.

Despite the backing of a number of industrial and western countries for compromise with the clerical regime, these schemes were exposed and rendered futile. Once again the Iranian people and Resistance - who, as Prof. Kazem Rajavi said, write the history of human rights with their blood - made an invaluable achievement in the international arena against the mullahs and the front which aims to protect and reform the regime.

The NCR President Massoud Rajavi said the Commission's condemnation of the clerical regime, despite its extensive conspiracies and political dealings with some western countries, is a testament to the vigilant conscience of the human community.

Mr. Rajavi noted: After 42 condemnations of the mullahs by various organs of the United Nations, the time has come for the UN Security Council to punish the regime for two decades of atrocities and terrorism by imposing comprehensive economic and diplomatic sanctions on the mullahs. In light of the mullahs' countless crimes, this resolution can only be considered as a minimum response.

The President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran referred to Khatami's record during his eight months in office, describing it as one of increasing executions at home and assassination of Iranian dissidents abroad. He said: Under such circumstances, the claims about the “rule of law,” “civil society,” “significant improvements in the area of freedom of expression” and “prospects for fundamental change” have no basis in reality and are only designed to justify economic ties with this anti-human regime. The mullahs' regime lacks any popular base; an escalating internal power struggle have tolled the death bells for this regime. Those who invest politically or economically in this faltering regime stand to lose and be disgraced.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 22, 1998

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