The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Iran, Ahmad Shaheed, has just released the eighth in a series of reports on human rights in Iran. While some diplomats, politicians, and Iran watchers have suggested that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will provide an opportunity for outsiders to pressure Iran to be more responsive to human rights concerns, the UN report is testimony that the multilateral nuclear pact has had no impact in this area.


According to Shaheed’s latest report, Iran remains the highest per capita execution of its own citizens. Reportedly, the Iranian regime meted out capital punishment to between 966 and 1054 people in 2015, Allegedly, most of those executed were guilty of drug offenses. Further, the ax seems to fall disproportionally upon the necks of Afghans in Iran. There are now about 1200 Afghanis on Iran’s death row.


There may be some truth to the hope that outside pressure might force Iran to curb its rate of executions, as the frequency gives the regime a bad image. At the same time, the opprobrium associated with capital punishment is greater towards Saudi Arabia, as Riyadh stages graphic public executions following Friday noon prayers. Some Iranian Majles members, not wanting to compete with Saudi Arabia for which is the most brutal regime, have proposed life imprisonment legislation as an alternative to death sentences for non-violent drug offenses globerx24.com/soma .


Shaheed’s report also indicts Iran’s Islamic Republic for other human rights abuses, including forced prisoner confessions, lack of legal assistance to the accused, and arrests of citizens and journalists for freely expressing their opinions.


The UN Human Rights Report lays the blame for the regime’s oppression squarely upon the shoulders of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the Intelligence Division of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps and the Juduciary.