U.N. Report Condemns Iran’s Rights Record

A new report by the U.N.’s “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” Ahmed Shaheed — first obtained by Foreign Policy’s Barbara Slavin — condemns Iran for a host of human rights violations ranging from taking political prisoners to committing secret executions of alleged drug-smugglers who never got public trials. Shaheed is hoping to visit Iran in November, but if Iran blocks access, the report could be referred to the International Criminal Court, according to Hadi Ghaemi of the New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The U.N. report, which is scheduled to be presented to the U.N. General Assembly later this week, documented more than 50 cases of abuse, including those of Green Movement opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi.