The United Nations helps Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani detained in Iran


The United Nations working group on arbitrary detention has just issued a report on the deprivation of liberty of Youcef Nadarkhani.

Lhe United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention spoke on the case of the Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who endures persecution and prosecution for many years in Iran. He calls on Iran to "take the necessary measures to remedy the situation of Mr. Nadarkhani without delay".

In one report published on February 18, the task force stipulates that "the deprivation of liberty of Mr. Nadarkhani is arbitrary", that this discrimination is "based on religious belief". Regarding this deprivation of religious freedom, the group says:

“In view of its conclusion that Mr. Nadarkhani's deprivation of liberty is arbitrary in Category II, the Working Group wishes to stress that in such circumstances no trial should take place. However, as his trial has taken place, the Working Group will now examine the alleged violations of the right to a fair trial and due process. "

The working group goes so far as to denounce "widespread or systemic arbitrary detention in Iran" and specifies that this constitutes "a serious violation of international law".

“During its 29 years of existence, the Working Group has found that Iran has violated its international human rights obligations in approximately 40 cases. The Working Group is concerned that this indicates widespread or systemic arbitrary detention in Iran, which constitutes a serious violation of international law. The duty to comply with international human rights standards rests with all organs, officers and agents of the State as well as all other natural and legal persons. The Working Group recalls that in certain circumstances, systematic imprisonment or any other serious deprivation of liberty in violation of the rules of international law may constitute crimes against humanity. "

Thus, the working group “requests the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to take the necessary measures to remedy without delay the situation of Mr. Nadarkhani and bring it into conformity with the relevant international standards, including those set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ”.


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