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Iran to Launch Rights Violation Data Bank

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 24 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker says the country plans to create a data bank for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and help them investigate rights violations in the West.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:28:36 AM
Iran to Launch Rights Violation Data Bank

Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of the Parliament (Majlis) Zohreh Elahian told Fars News Agency on Monday that rights violations in the United States and certain European countries, such as Britain, are grave and cannot go unnoticed.

She also called on Iranian NGOs to bring human rights abuse in the West into sharp focus.

On May 16, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karim Abedi said that Iran plans to launch an English-language news agency to assert human rights in the West.

According to him, The Human Rights News Agency, will shed light on rights violations in Britain and the United States.

Recently, Amnesty International slammed the US for its indefinite detentions in Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, as well as its flawed capital punishment system.

"Scores of men remained in indefinite military detention in Guantanamo as [US] President [Barack] Obama's one-year deadline for closure of the facility there came and went," the report recently released by the body said.

The organization's annual global human rights report points to the execution of 46 people over the past year, in which the guilt of several of the defendants remained questionable. Some cases also included unclear proof of legal representation and mental impairment.

According to Amnesty International, of the 173 men currently detained at Guantanamo Bay only three had been convicted under a military commission system, "which failed to meet international fair trial standards."

"Military commission proceedings were conducted in a handful of cases, and the only Guantanamo detainee so far transferred to the US mainland for prosecution in a federal court was tried and convicted,” the report added.

Upon taking office, Obama signed an executive order to stop military commissions in order to close down the facility by 2010. However, this has not happened yet.

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