The resolution has underscored the need for the Iranian regime "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."
National Council of Resistance President Massoud Rajavi said: Although the resolution has addressed only a part of the clerical regime's atrocities, it nevertheless is an acknowledgment by the International community that contrary to Khatami's hollow rhetoric about the "rule of law" and "civil society," nearly two years after he took office, nothing has changed in the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran as it pertains to the violation of the Iranian people's most fundamental rights.
Mr. Rajavi said the adoption of this resolution, the forty-fourth censure of the medieval dictatorship ruling Iran by the General Assembly and the Human Rights Commission, is another undeniable document that the clerical regime in its totality is incapable of reform. He added that the time had come for the issue of human rights abuses in Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council for making binding decisions.
NCR President pointed to the inconsistency between the specific cases of human rights abuses cited in the resolution and a number of optimistic assessments contained in the first few paragraphs. Experience has shown that any attempt to play the "doves and hawks game" as it concerns the responsibility of the clerical regime in the systematic and brutal human rights violations, paves the way for the mullahs to evade accountability before the international community, he added.
Mr. Rajavi noted that many of the Iranian regime's crimes, including the bloody crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations by the public in different parts of the country in recent months, especially in Iranian Kurdistan, the widespread wave of political arrests, execution of political prisoners, the recent heinous murders and Khatami's reluctance to introduce the masterminds and the perpetrators of these atrocities, were not addressed in this resolution.
The policy of a number of countries to grant economic and political concessions to Iran's criminal rulers only emboldens them to persist in their inhuman suppression of the Iranian people, export of terrorism and fundamentalism and opposition to peace, Mr. Rajavi emphasized.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 23, 1999