Middle East U.N. rights boss deplores ‘mass executions’ in Iran

U.N. rights boss deplores ‘mass executions’ in Iran

 UN rights chief. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
UN rights chief. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

The hanging of up to 20 people in Iran this week follows serious doubts about the fairness of their trials and respect for due process, leading to a “grave injustice”, the United Nations’ top human rights official said on Friday.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the men had been executed for “purported terrorism-related offences” and that reports suggested most if not all were from a minority group – Sunnis from the Kurdish community.

“The application of overly broad and vague criminal charges, coupled with a disdain for the rights of the accused to due process and a fair trial have in these cases led to a grave injustice,” Zeid said in a statement.

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