AJC Welcomes Iran Rebuke at UN Human Rights Council

Jun 15, 2010, 17:14 ET from American Jewish Committee

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee welcomed the U.S.-sponsored statement to the UN Human Rights Council rebuking Iran for its human rights abuses. The statement, which gained the backing of 56 other states, referred to "the violent suppression of dissent, detention and executions without due process of law, severe discrimination against women and minorities including people of Baha'i faith, and restrictions of expression and religion."

"One year after the stolen election, the Iranian regime must know that it cannot conceal the continued repression of its own people," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "While the statement read to the Human Rights Council today falls short of a condemnatory resolution or an independent fact-finding mission, it is also a sign that serial abusers like Iran cannot necessarily expect a free pass at the Human Rights Council, even if that body remains deeply flawed."

AJC has launched a campaign urging the UN Human Rights Council to pass a resolution condemning Iran and to mandate an independent mission to examine the abuses committed by the regime since the fraudulent election in 2009.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee