United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Monday over increased violations of human rights in Iran.
In a report that he handed to the Human Rights Council, Ban mentioned executions of drug traffickers, stonings, floggings, amputations, and pressure put on dissidents and human rights defenders.
Ban criticised a “dramatic surge in the number of executions” since the beginning of 2011. His report cited Iranian media that says 66 people were executed in the month of January alone. Human rights groups say the numbers are a lot higher.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says the country executed at least 542 people in 2010, compared to 94 in 2005 when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power. Around 150 have already been executed in 2011, approximately one person every eight hours, according to the group.
“The message of this report is clear, it is time for the Human Rights Council to deal with the dramatically deteriorating situation in Iran by establishing a monitoring mechanism during its current session,” says Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign.
Ban urged Iranian authorities to allow UN human rights investigators to travel to Iran and investigate the situation and said the UN’s repeated requests since 2005 have been rejected.