“Calls for justice met with violence”: BIC delivers statement at special session of Human Rights Council on Iran

BIC GENEVA — Simin Fahandej, a representative of the Bahá’í International Community, has delivered a statement at the 35th special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mrs. Fahandej stated: “Our hearts, and the heart of every unbiased observer, ache as we watch the loss of innocent human life in Iran; as Iranians of every age and all walks of life call for social justice and equality but are met with violence and repression, instead of efforts to engage everyone in a genuine conversation about the future of Iran.”

The statement goes further to say that the current situation in Iran is an extension of the persecution against the Baháʼís to the generality of Iranians. “A government that oppresses one group,” said Mrs. Fahandej, “will surely be unjust to all groups in the long term.”

A video of the full presentation can be viewed here.

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