Iran's Continuing Human Rights Violations

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 30, 2011
Iranians at Bazaar in Kerman, Iran

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement on Iran's continuing human rights violations on September 30, 2011. Secretary Clinton said:

"The United States is deeply concerned by reports of the Iranian government's continued repression of its people. Despite statements from Iran's Supreme Leader and President claiming support for the rights and freedoms of Iranian citizens and people in the region, the government continues its crackdown on all forms of dissent, belief, and assembly.

"We are particularly concerned by reports that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing execution on charges of apostasy for refusing to recant his faith. This comes amid a harsh onslaught against followers of diverse faiths, including Zoroastrians, Sufis, and Baha'is.

"Iran's government continues to arrest journalists and filmmakers. They are restricting access to information by jamming incoming satellite broadcasts and filtering the Internet.

"The United States stands with the international community and all Iranians against the Iranian government's hypocritical statements and actions, and we continue to call for a government that respects the human rights and freedom of all those living in Iran."

You can also read the Secretary Clinton's statement here.

Related Content: Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Comments

Comments

junior m.
|
South Africa
September 30, 2011

Mayema in South Africa writes:

Dictatorship and totalitarianism , it is touching every every corner of our society even organizations where they don't want activists to speak out about xenophobia, racism, homophobia, trans phobia and hate crime, even here in South Africa, we stopped a secrecy bill that woould undermine the freedom of speech

Dan S.
|
New Mexico, USA
September 30, 2011

Dan S. in New Mexico writes:

I appreciate the message, and hope we can someday depend on governments defending human rights. And not just when its convenient, or, in this case, sending a message to a oppressive government. I believe Isreal falls into this same catagory, and there should be messages sent out about that issue. I DID appreciate the Secretary's remarks while with the Portuguese Foreign Minister regarding the Israel housing actions.

This is a good example of a time when friends need to hold friends accountable. We should not isolate ourselves from the world by siding with Israel, when our economy suffers. The European Union's decision to create trade agreements with Palestine should be followed by USTDA and other groups within our government to pressure Israel to bend. This, after all, will help bring Iran into the fold by creating alliances with its friends and partners. We all know Israel is lossing influence in the region. Iran, gaining...

Dan S.
|
New Mexico, USA
September 30, 2011

Dan S. in New Mexico writes:

I hope we can confront all countries with human rights violations. It seems we are making announcements about Iran, but not others. Lets remember our role as a voice for oppressed people throughout the Mediterranean Region, and Arab world. Iran is not unique. Religious states are oppressive to other groups inside and outside of their recognized international borders.

William S.
|
South Carolina, USA
October 1, 2011

William S. in South Carolina writes:

Are we going to be in even yet another police action? America cant afford to go ant farther in debt!

Jessica
|
Kuwait
October 2, 2011

Jessica in Kuwait writes:

I signed a petition, along with many others, hoping to have a formal statement on behalf of Pastor Nadarkhani. THANK YOU for honoring our petition & for issuing a statement for human rights in Iran. I know there's a long list of countries we could name off but international pressure can save a life, hopefully that life is Yousef's. So THANK YOU FOR THIS STATEMENT!!!!

Vickie D.
|
Kentucky, USA
October 4, 2011

Vickie D. in Kentucky writes:

I believe we should stand together as a christian nation and speak out for the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. We should also Pray and rally for all human rights.

Latest Stories

July 22, 2009

A Green Beginning in New Delhi

Writing for the U.S. Department of State DipNote blog, Anne Seshadri shares about U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's… more

Pages