Investigate Iran Human Rights Violations

March 8, 2011 – New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris, in his national radio commentary, calls on the UN Human Rights Council to investigate Iran’s massive human rights violations.

The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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This week, Iran called on the UN Human Rights Council to investigate Western countries.

It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.

Iran is a serial human rights violator.

Most recently, it seized top opposition leaders. Obviously, Iran fears more street protests.

Remember the 2009 elections in Iran?

They were rigged. Big crowds came out to protest. The state cracked down hard with killings, arrests, and torture.

Now, inspired by events in the Arab world, the opposition is again trying to mobilize.

And the government is again coming down hard.

Iran’s leaders assume the world is distracted by Libya and other countries. Anyway, in 2009, that world was shamefully quiet during the bloody Iranian crack-down.

Last month, AJC called on the UN Human Rights Council to act against Libya. It now has.

It’s high time for that same Council to investigate Iran’s massive human rights violations. Justice demands no less.

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This is David Harris of AJC.