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Lawmaker Warns about Deteriorating Human Rights Conditions in Arab States

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TEHRAN, Feb 28 (ICANA)- A senior Iranian legislator cautioned about the deteriorating conditions of human rights in certain Arab countries, including Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, and blasted these countries' governments for their wild treatment of the people.
Monday, February 28, 2011 9:22:51 PM
Lawmaker Warns about Deteriorating Human Rights Conditions in Arab States

"In recent days the world public opinion with much surprise and regret is witnessing extensive violation of human rights in certain countries, specially Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya," Head of the parliament's Human Rights Commission Zohreh Elahian said in a letter to the head of the UN Human Rights Committee on Sunday. "People in Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya are beaten and disrespected and even in some cases are shot dead by gun barrage merely on charges of civil and peaceful protest against their governments and for reclaiming their legal and natural rights," she added in her letter. Elahian blasted the brutal behavior of these Arab rulers towards their people, and called on the UN to form a fact-finding committee to study the situation of the people in these countries. Internal and international pressure is mounting on the Arab leaders to stand down from power as protests continue against their long-term rules. Within Libya, anti-government protesters said the demonstrations were gaining support, and footages show soldiers in uniform joining the protesters. The footage showed soldiers being carried on the shoulders of demonstrators in the city of Az Zawiyah, after having reportedly turned against the government - a scene activists said is being repeated across the country. Qaddafi's harsh crackdown on peaceful protesters has brought about more defiance among the Libyan army officers and diplomats. A number of high-ranking members of the Libyan army have also resigned and joined protesters. This is while dozens of Libyan soldiers have reportedly been executed by the pro-Qaddafi security forces for mutiny. Libya's ambassadors to China, Jordan and the Arab League have resigned from their posts in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters and also in indignation at the killing of civilians in the country. Mujber on Saturday joined the Libyan opponents, and asked the Libyan dictator to step down power to end escalating bloodshed in the country. Over one thousand people have been killed and more fatalities are feared as Qaddafi is brutally attempting to crush the revolt.

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