After Iran committee, UN probes into detainees

July 29, 2009 - 0:0

Demonstrators on the global ""day of action"" on Saturday called on the UN to investigate alleged human rights concerns in Iran. With calls on the United Nations to investigate alleged rights abuses in Iran in the aftermath of the country's presidential vote, a spokesman for the UN says the organization is looking into the issue.

After Iran's presidential election in June saw the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected as president, supporters of the defeated candidates took to the streets in protest at the result of the vote.
Thousands were detained in the aftermath of the vote, many of whom have since been released. According to Judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi, at least 300 people remain behind bars.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Farhan Haq, associate spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Rapporteurs are probing into the situation of Iranian prisoners.
""The issue of several hundred detainees is being addressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Rapporteurs with a specific focus on the need for due process,"" Haq explained.
According to IRNA, Haq said that that Ban Ki-Moon was not to send a representative to Iran in this regard and that the UN Commission on Human Rights had only commented on the situation.
The move comes as earlier in the course of the June unrest, the UN secretary-general urged a stop to ""use of force"" against protestors in Iran and called on authorities to respect civil rights in dealing with protests over presidential election results.
The UN spokesman, however, when asked whether the secretary-general would send an envoy to Iran to address ""human rights concerns,"" said no decision has yet been made on the issue.
The UN investigations come as the Leader of the Islamic Revolution called for the administration of justice in dealing with the country's post-vote arrests.
Head of Iran's National Security Council Saeed Jalili said Monday that Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had ordered authorities to ""precisely"" probe into incidents in which wrongdoings may have been committed against detainees.
Iran's prosecutor general announced earlier on Monday that a three member committee had been set up to accelerate investigation into the cases of those detained in the post-election protests.
In a separate move, another committee has been set up by the Majlis National Security commission to probe into the case of those detained.
""Arrangements have been made with the judiciary branch for the commission to visit detainees held in Iranian prisons to inform the general public about their physical condition and the nature of the arrests,"" head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday.
A contentious issue that has come as a cause for concern over the arrests is the deaths of two detainees Mohammad Kamrani and Mohsen Ruholamini -- an issue that has prompted critics to demand that no confessions be aired that may in any way be the result of alleged forced confessions.
Iran's prison officials deny allegations that prisoners have been forced to make confessions and have named meningitis as the cause of the deaths.
(Source: Press TV)