Published on : 01 December 20213 min reading time

The Iranian regime has a long and well-documented a history of serious human rights violations committed over the past 40 years and of inertia when it comes to changing the situation.

Since 1985, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has passed 31 resolutions calling on the regime to improve its human rights record, and has received commitments from Iranian leaders to implement the recommended reforms. Learn more about human rights violation in Iran through It is unfortunate that the Iranian regime’s human rights violations are attracting little attention from international media outlets.

The 2018 UN resolution reiterates its call on Iran to “translate the solemn commitments made by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran on certain important human rights issues into concrete measures that lead to tangible improvements as soon as possible”.

State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said the resolution once again drew the world’s attention to “the disgusting human rights record of the Iranian regime.

UN General Assembly on the “Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”

On 17 December, the United Nations blamed Iran for its persistent human rights violations, and called on the country to ensure that “no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

This request was part of a list of recommendations included in the resolution adopted by the members of the UN General Assembly on the “Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Of the 193 members of the General Assembly, 84 voted in favor of adopting the resolution, 30 against and 67 abstained.

The resolution condemns the regime and its acts of “harassment and intimidation, persecution, arrest and arbitrary detention of persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians, Gonabadi dervishes, Ahwazi, Jews, Sufi Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Yarsanis, Zoroastrians and persons of the Baha’i faith”.

The organization also denounces the “alarming frequency” of the use of the death penalty in Iran, and cases of executions “carried out on the basis of forced confessions” or for crimes that cannot be qualified as “most serious crimes”, and the execution of minors.

A regime of harassment, intimidation and persecution

In addition, the resolution urges Iran to put an end to other human rights violations, including

  • the “serious and widespread restrictions” imposed on freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly;
  • all forms of discrimination against women and girls and other violations of their human rights;
  • poor conditions of detention and the practice of deliberately depriving prisoners of adequate medical care;
  • The widespread and systematic use of arbitrary detention, in particular of persons with dual nationality or foreign nationals.