Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
A/HRC/37/68 para 90
Full recommendation:
The Special Rapporteur further reiterates her call upon the Government to release all
political prisoners and prisoners of conscience including those whose situation has been
reflected in current and previous reports and communications, and all individuals identified as
arbitrarily detained by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1
Iranian authorities frequently intimidate, arrest and prosecute individuals who peacefully
exercise their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including journalists
and media workers, trade unionists, lawyers, environmental and abolitionist activists.2 3 4 5 These
include adherents of recognized and unrecognized religions,6 including members and leaders of
the Baha’i faith7 8 as well as members of minorities. 9 10 A high number of political prisoners and
prisoners of conscience remain in prison as of February 2021.11
Since 2016, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has found at least 38 cases of
detention arbitrary in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Despite these opinions, many remain in
detention as of February 2021.12
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CCPR.9.1.S.1.; CCPR.9.1.S.2.; CCPR.9.1.S.3 ; CCPR.9.2.S.1.; CCPR.9.3.S.2.; CCPR.14.1.S.2; CCPR. 9.1.P.1.; CCPR.9.1.P.2.;
CCPR.9.1.P.5.; CCPR.9.1.P.6.; CCPR.9.2.P.1.; CCPR.9.3.P.1; CCPR.9.1.O.1.; CCPR.9.2.O.1.; CCPR.9.2.O.4.; CCPR.14.1.O.8;
CCPR.9.1.O.1.
2
See more : ARTICLE 19, Small Media, Human Rights Activists in Iran, Impact Iran, Human Rights Committee, 129th session
(Geneva) 29 June – 24 July 2020,
https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CCPR/Shared%20Documents/IRN/INT_CCPR_ICS_IRN_42315_E.pdf
3
See more: Iran Human Rights, https://www.iranhr.net/en/reports/23/
4
See more: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, https://iranhrdc.org/controlled-and-pursued-labor-activism-incontemporary-iran/
5
See more: Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort, https://www.ecpm.org/wp-content/uploads/Rapport-iran-2020-gb-070420WEB.pdf
6
See more: United For Iran, https://ipa.united4iran.org/en/prisoner/
7
Center for Human Rights in Iran, https://iranhumanrights.org/2020/10/more-bahais-begin-serving-prison-sentences-in-iransimply-for-their-beliefs/
8
See more: Joint submission to the Human Rights Committee from All Human Rights for All in Iran, Association for Human
Rights in Kurdistan – Geneva, Association for the Human Rights of the Azerbaijani People in Iran, Iran Human Rights
Documentation Center, OutRight International, Siamak Pourzand Foundation, Small Media, Impact Iran, 2020,
https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CCPR/Shared%20Documents/IRN/INT_CCPR_NGO_IRN_42317_E.pdf
9
See more: Association for the human rights of the Azerbaijani people in Iran, http://www.ahraz.org/association-for-the-humanrights-of-the-azerbaijani-people-in-iran-ahrazs-repot-regarding-the-current-situation-of-the-azerbaijani-arrestees-that-arearrested-during-the-recent-protests-nove/
10
See more: Kurdistan Human Rights Geneva, https://kmmk-ge.org/sd/annual-report-2020/
11
See more : United for Iran, https://ipa.united4iran.org/en/
12
Including but not limited to: Mr. Arash Sadeghi (Opinion no. 19/2018), Ms. Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee (Opinion no. 33/2019),
Ms. Atena Daemi (Opinion no. 83/2018). See more: United for Iran, https://ipa.united4iran.org/en/prisoner/

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