Posted by: childrenofiran | December 10, 2009

December 10: Human Rights Day

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brother/sisterhood.
-Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Arabic, Armenian, Azari, Assyrian, Balochi, Dari, English, Farsi/Persian, Kurdish, Kurmanji, Pashto, Tajik, Turkmen, Urdu, and Uzbek. Languages spoken in Iran for which there is currently no translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights include Lori, Kalhor, Horami, Qashqai, and Lari)

On December 10, the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The Day marks the anniversary of the Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

We celebrate Human Rights Day 2009 with Iran in our hearts.

It is a nation where millions have stood up in the face of a murderous government to demand their rights for themselves and for their children.

It is a nation where speaking out against the government has known consequences: torture, rape, execution by hanging or stoning or gunshot, mass execution followed by burial in unmarked graves.

In a nation held hostage by a government that refuses to recognize fundamental human rights, daily small and large acts of resistance by concerned citizens have culminated in a force for change that is as inexorable as the tide.

For this, we honor and salute Iran’s everyday freedom fighters, the champions of human rights whose faces and names are never known.

Children’s Day Celebration, Piranshar, Iran
Photo courtesy of Children First Now

At the same time that we honor Iranian citizens for their defense and demand of human rights in Iran, we utterly condemn the Iranian government for its repeated and flagrant abuses of humanity, both inside and outside of its geographic boundaries.

The many images of violent repression of peaceful rights-seeking Iranians in the wake of the June 2009 elections illustrate the low regard the government of Iran has for the basic rights and freedoms of its people. We further illustrate the degree to which Iran is egregious in its disregard for human rights by presenting data from Freedom House’s 2009 Freedom in the World Report.

For every country in the world, this report assesses seven subcategories of what constitute political rights and civil liberties. These subcategories, drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, represent the fundamental components of freedom. Here, we present relative national score rankings for 2 of the 7 subcategories: Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights, and Freedom of Expression and Belief.

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Links to sources of information on the human rights situation in Iran:

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

Amnesty International: Iran 2009 report

Report of the Secretary-General, September 23 2009: The situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (html/pdf)

Human Rights Watch: Iran


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