UN experts urge Iran to ensure protection for human rights defendersListen /
A group of independent United Nations experts have condemned the ongoing arrests and harsh sentencing of human rights defenders and their lawyers in Iran.
The Special Rapporteurs are urging the Iranian government to provide adequate protection to human rights activists.
Charles Appel reports.
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed said in a statement that the convictions and harsh sentences are a serious setback for the country when it comes to human rights.
The Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, said activists must be allowed to carry out their work without facing intimidation, harassment, arrest, and prosecution.
The UN independent experts called for the immediate release all those who have been arrested and detained for peacefully promoting human rights in Iran.
Charles Appel, United Nations