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Updated Critique of Iran’s 2009 UN Human Rights Report

Updated Critique of Iran’s 2009 UN Human Rights Report

Update Report by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center in Response to the Third Periodic Report of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, received on October 27, 2009

Introduction

The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization located in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. Its mission is to (1) establish a comprehensive and objective historical record of the human rights situation in Iran since the 1979 revolution, and on the basis of that record, establish responsibility for patterns of human rights abuses; (2) make the record available in an archive that is accessible to the public for research and educational purposes; (3) promote accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iran; and (4) encourage an informed dialogue on the human rights situation in Iran among scholars and the general public in Iran and abroad.

IHRDC has two basic programs: (1) a human rights investigation, analysis and reporting program, and (2) a large document database (the Aadel Collection) that is available to persons in Iran and worldwide on the Center’s website at www.iranhrdc.org. The human rights reports, published in English and Persian, are the result of extensive primary research, including interviews of witnesses located worldwide. The Aadel Collection includes documentary evidence, Iranian source materials, and Iranian and international laws and legal articles, United Nations materials, and lengthy written and video witness statements.

This report, filed in February 2011, is an update to the Report IHRDC filed with the Committee in December 2010.

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