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25th HRC Session (March 24)

Statement on child early marriage and female prisons is the notorious Gharachak prison
Sudwind warned the council on the ongoing informal dialogues in order to remove the phrase: “child early marriage” from the draft resolution on the access to justice for children. Südwind also informed about the over 200000 prisoners exist in the I.R. of Iran. Poverty and drug related offences are the reasons for the imprisonment of most not-political female prisoners in this country. One of the most crowded female prisons is the notorious Gharachak prison. There are two bathrooms for each 120 women which are useable 15 hours a day.


25th HRC Session (March 21)

Statement on the rights of minority groups in the I.R. Iran (GD Item 5)
The Islamic republic of Iran is referring to its constitution as a non-discriminative principle of justice. However considering the rights of minority groups, it fails dramatically to preserve and secure a fair position for them in practice. Ethnic groups and religious minorities are of those that are suffering from growing discrimination and intimidation in various aspects, whereas unfair trials, denial of access to lawyers, and severe punishments are among the major ones.


25th HRC Session (March 26)

Südwind urged the Iranian government to stop executions and to start cooperating with special mandate holders (GD Item 2)
More than 600 individuals have been executed in Iran in 2013 including women, children offenders and drug addicts. In many of such cases the rule of law is violated or the law itself is in violation of international human rights norms. Südwind urged the Iranian government to stop executions and to start cooperating with special mandate holders during the annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General.


25th HRC Session (March 25th)

Sudwind expressed its concern over the situation of Afghan migrants and asylum seekers in the Islamic Republic of Iran (GD Item 9)
Iran being the main destination of Afghan migrants and refugees, there are currently almost 3 million Afghans living in Iran and over 2 third of them don’t have a legal status. This community is discriminated in various ways: they are only hired for some specific jobs, mostly dangerous manual labor and they have no insurance of any kind.


25th HRC session (March 18)

Statement on the systemic patterns of violation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (GD Item 4)
Sudwind tried to draw council’s attention to the systemic patterns of violation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Therefore Sudwind urges the Human Rights Council Member states to act now and to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Iran, as this is the only way of keeping a close and constant eye on the everyday degrading situation of Human Rights in Iran.


25th HRC Session (March 17)

Interactive Dialoge with the Special Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (ID Item 4)

Joint Statement of Sudwind with Human Rights Watch endorsed by FIDH, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and Iran Human Rights

Iranians continue to face restrictions on expression, association, and the right to education. Gender, religious and ethnic discrimination are commonplace.
Iran’s prisons are filled with arbitrarily detained human rights defenders, journalists, religious leaders, students—as well as—cultural and women’s rights activists, whose alleged crimes are often little more than stating an opinion the government doesn’t agree with.
These individuals face mistreatment, torture, intimidation of family members, and are denied their rights to legal counsel and fair trials.
Moreover, the recent spike in unlawful executions by the Islamic Republic of Iran is alarming. We support your call—and that of the High Commissioner’s—for a moratorium on the death penalty in Iran.


25th Session of HRC (March 7)

Joint Statement on the rights of LGBT people in Iran (ID Item 2)

Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik and
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Sudwind and International Gay and Lesbian Human Right Commission, (IGLHRC) appreciate Madam High commissioner’s decision to highlight the issue of combating discrimination against sexual minorities in the annual Report. In today’s world, the status of the rights of LGBT people in every country is a strong indicator of overall human rights situation in that country. Unfortunately, in many countries such as Islamic Republic of Iran, people who engage in same-sex activity must hide their identity from their families and society, out of the fear of persecution and abuse.


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24rd Session of HRC (September 19)

Oral statement on the UPR Germany

Südwind talks about the need of special psychological treatments especially for those asylum seekers and refugees who have experienced extreme trauma cases such as solitary confinement, both physical and psychological torture and rape in their homeland such as the case of Mohammad Rahseper.


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24rd Session of HRC (September 17)

Oral statement on Item 4 ID with Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
Süwind calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop providing any kind of support to the Assads regime.


24rd Session of HRC (September 24)

Oral statement on GD Item 9 about the ongoing xenophobia in the Islamic Republic of Iran especially toward Afghan citizens, who are for the most part Muslims.
According to UNHCR there are about 3 Millions of Afghans living in Iran. The migration of Afghans to Iran started in 1979 and meanwhile the third generation is growing up in this country. However Afghans don’t receive a birth certification and are denied citizenships, driver permissions, properties or the use of the same sport facilities as Iranians. Their children are not allowed to enroll in public schools. Afghans are cheap and hard workers, working on high risk jobs as well as in agriculture. Those who had moved to Iran after 1992 have no access to health insurance. They are mostly hired illegally for very low wages.


4rd Session of HRC (September 10)

Oral statement on Item 3 ID with the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
Iranians of different generations have always faced pre-planned elections. Südwind drew attention to the last two presidential elections of 2009 and 2013 which, according to the constitution, aim to elect the second person in the hierarchy of power. As all and every presidential election women were banned from candidacy.


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24rd Session of HRC (September 11)

Oral statement during the panel discussion on human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty or executed by an Iranian victim
Tania was born in a prison in the Islamic Republic of Iran and was delivered to her father at the same day. Both her parents were political activists. At March 1984 when she was only one year old, the dead body of her 28 year old mother was delivered to her family and her father was sent into exile three days later.


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24rd Session of HRC (September 11)

Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to water and sanitation Item 3.
Statement on the wrong steps taken by the Iranian authorities regarding the water management.


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24rd Session of HRC (September 13)

Mehdi Memarpuri, one of the victims of the atrocities committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1979 to 1988, on Item 3 with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.
As a political prisoner in detention he was forced to commit a murder. He was forcefully taken to the firing squad, a prison guard ordered me to put his finger on his, and then the guard pulled the trigger. There were almost a hundred of other prisoners who had the same ill fate. At the very place of firing squad, he witnessed that children of the age of 12 or 13 have been executed.


24rd Session of HRC (September 18)

Oral statement on Item 4 GD about the recent killings in Iraq, where 52 defenseless Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf were massacred.
Sudwind about some of the grave and systematic human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


24rd Session of HRC (September 18)

Oral statement on Iran's lack of cooperation with the human rights council
Oral statement on Item 5 GD on disappointed that Iran doesn’t cooperate with the human rights council and its procedures and on the cases of Kasra Nouri and Mr Saleheldin Moradi Sarvestani, both members of the Nematollahi Gonabadi Dervish religious order.


23rd Session Human Rights Council (5 June 2013)

Oral statement on the situation of women in Iran(ANNUAL FULL-DAY DISCUSSION ON WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS)
Women in the Islamic Republic of Iran have never been allowed to run for presidential candidacy and equal participation of women in political life is nothing more than a fiction. There is no end to impunity of those who raped women prisoners inside prison and early child marriage is the order of the day. The statistics announced by officials is alarming. Yet since 2012 the health centres working on birth control and giving young couples consultations and medical assistance on family population control are closed and the new state policy is increasing the number of births.


23rd Session Human Rights Council (27 May 2013)

Oral statement on (GD Item 2)on the crimes in Kahrizak detention center
In Iran, last week the investigation into the Kahrizak detention center in Tehran was concluded. It seems that the judges and those who had ordered the crimes which caused the death, torture and irreversible damages to the health of detainees after the disputed election of 2009, are going to use all possible advantages of impunity. The crimes against detainees in the Kahrizak center could be categorized as crimes against humanity.


23rd Session Human Rights Council (3 June 2013)

Oral statement on violence against women (ID Item 3)
In the new criminal law of the Islamic Republic of Iran which is legally binding since 27 May 2013, there are still many articles which encourage violence against women. The criminal accountability of the girls remains 9 lunar years as stated in the article 147 of the Islamic Law. Stoning for adultery of married women is reaffirmed in the article 225 but the judge may change this sentence to hanging. Article 302 paragraph E provides a license for any husband who surprises his wife during “adultery” to kill her.


23rd Session Human Rights Council (10 June 2013)

Oral statement on the increasing trend of executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran (GD Item 8)
Sudwind is very concerned about the increasing trend of executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In recent years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has had the second highest execution rate in the world.
According to official sources, since the beginning of 2013, 138 prisoners who were sentenced to death have been executed. 39 of these executions were in public. In addition to this, unofficial sources confirm that at least 120 more executions occurred, including at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad, during January and February.


23rd Session Human Rights Council (5 June 2013)

Oral statement on freedom of political prisoners related to the election in Iran (GD Item 4)
The engineered elections which are due to take place next Friday are very much affected by the 2009 election. In some of the gatherings of presidential candidates as well as at the funeral ceremony of Ayatollah Taheri, who was related to the reformists’, people requested the freedom of political prisoners including the candidates of the 2009 fraud elections Mousavi and Karoubi.
Since some weeks ago the prisoners of conscience on leave from prison were ordered to go back to jail. This includes Behnam Daraizadeh who was on leave to visit his son who has cancer and is in a very bad health situation. Another prisoner that we are very concerned about is Mrs. Zahra Mansouri, who was ordered to go back to jail in the middle of her chemotherapy.


23rd Session Human Rights Council (4 June 2013)

Oral statement on upcoming elections in Iran (GD Item 3)
During the Agenda Item 3 of this council different thematic Special Rapporteurs and working groups reported on different aspects of human rights which are related to the right of a free and fair election. On June 14th 2013, the last day of 23rd Human Right Council Session, the IRI, one of the few countries worldwide massively violating human rights, conducts another not free and not fair election. In the entire history of the IRI and in 11 presidential elections no single woman, even those who accept discriminatory laws and rules had the chance to run for the candidacy. Barring women from running for the election shows the grade of discrimination against women and is a clear violation of article 2 and 3 of covenant on the civil and political rights.


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23rd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Oral statement on the opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay
Südwind's representatives at the Human Right Council, Sholeh Zamini, expressed her concern about the election and the situation of Iranian asylum seekers.
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22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Oral Intervention by Südwind and Amnesty International in the Inter-active Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the
situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran


Joint Statement

Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik, expressed in a joint statement with amnesty its dismay at the increasing presence of governmentally organized non-governmental organizations in the Council. Discriminatory selection procedures for candidates and the restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly meant that the Presidential elections would not be free. Widespread and systematic torture existed in Iran.


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22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Oral Statement on Iran, March 20 2013
Südwind towards the annual Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary‐General


22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Oral Statement on Item 8 GD: Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action
Südwind on the equal status and human rights of women as one of the most referred achievements of Vienna Declaration and Program of Action and on the discussions about “child early and forced marriage” at the 57th CSW session.


22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Oral Statement on GD Item 2: Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
Südwind on the situation of Iranian asylum seekers.
Since the first years after the revolution of 1979 and after the disputed presidential election of 2009, a great number of Iranians fled from the country and applied for asylum in the neighboring lands as well as other countries. The neighbor countries are not secure places for Iranian asylum seekers. Recently (9 Feb. 2013) 6 Iranians in Iraq were killed. Third countries who should have accepted these people, have not allowed them to enter any country so far.


22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Oral statement on GD Item 9: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance: follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
Sudwind is very concerned about the increasing xenophobia in Iran especially toward Afghan citizens. The worrying fact is that the Iranian authorities aggravate the situation with rules and administrative decisions.


22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Oral Statement on GD Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
Südwind urges all countries to implement their commitments especially to the Article 14 of ICCPR.
“All persons shall be equal before the courts and tribunals and everyone shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law”.


Oral Statements

Oral Statements
NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC can submit oral statements during the session of the Human Rights Council.


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