HRA urges U.N. Fact Finding Mission to Recognize Commission of Crimes Against Humanity

Ahead of 55th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council,  HRA urges the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Iran (FFMI) to recognize the potential commission of crimes against humanity in its comprehensive report, tentatively set to be delivered on March 18. Today, before the official opening of the session, HRA releases a redacted version of its submission to the FFMI on the crime against humanity of gender and political persecution in Iran since at least 16 September 2022. 

HRANA, Washington. D.C., As the 55th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is set to commence next week, HRA remains dedicated to shedding light on the situation of human rights in Iran among Member States and the international community. The session will address various pressing matters, including the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and notably it will include the presentation of findings by the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFMI) tentatively scheduled for March 18th.

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Human Rights Activists (HRA) with the legal support of Uprights, on the 8th of December 2023, filed a joint 60-page submission on the crime against humanity of gender and political persecution. The following publication includes a redacted version of the submission presented to the FFMI. The redacted version omits several sensitive cases and protects the privacy of the regime’s victims.

The submission argues that the facts provided to the FFMI by HRA, and two trusted partner organizations should lead the FFMI to conclude that crimes against humanity, and in particular persecution on political and gender grounds, have taken place in the Islamic Republic of Iran since at least 16 September 2022. The submission has been presented in five parts: 1.) Methodology on the collection and verification of the information presented. 2.) The background against which the “Woman, Life, Freedom” protests took place, highlighting the existence of a discriminatory legal framework against women, girls and LGBTQI+ individuals, as well as relevant structural issues in the relationship between the Iranian State and its population 3.) The facts surrounding the protests, shedding light on the increased restrictions imposed on women and girls, and the violent response of Iranian authorities to these otherwise peaceful protests 4.) A legal analysis of the facts focusing on the crime against humanity of persecution on gender and political grounds 5.) Recommendations in light of the facts presented.

Given the legal analysis of the facts presented in this submission, HRA urges the FFMI to recognize the potential commission of crimes against humanity, specifically that the crime of persecution on political and gender grounds has taken place in the Islamic Republic of Iran since at least 16 September 2022, in relation to the “Woman, Life, Freedom” protests. HRA suggests that based on the information and analysis submitted, these findings should be an integral part of the FFMI’s report set to be delivered on March 18th. The FFMI’s conclusions should emphasize that women, girls and LGBTQI+ individuals perceived as not conforming with or opposing the established gender norms and discriminatory policies have been specifically targeted by the Iranian authorities, their agents and security forces.


For more information please contact Skylar Thompson, Director of Global Advocacy and Accountability at Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) skylar[at]hramail.com


 

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