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Thank you, Chair,
Germany aligns itself with the EU Statement and thanks the Special Rapporteur for his work and recent report. We call upon Iran to grant full access to the Special Rapporteur.
Germany continues to be deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Iran. The high number of death sentences and executions including of juvenile offenders are particularly worrying. Germany strongly opposes this cruel and inhuman form of punishment. We urge Iran to immediately end the imposition and execution of the death penalty and to ensure fair trails and the rule of law. We also express our concern about enforced disappearances.
Regarding civil society space, Germany shares the Special Rapporteur’s concerns about continued intimidation and imprisonment of human rights defenders and lawyers as well as interference and targeting of civil society organizations. The right to freedom of expression must be ensured, including for journalists, media workers, writers and cultural workers. We are moreover very concerned that the implementation of the so-called “Bill for the Protection of Cyberspace Users” would strongly endanger the already difficult access to information on the internet and pose a severe threat to freedom of expression online and user privacy.
Germany also urges Iran to end discrimination against religious, ethnic and sexual minorities and protect women’s rights. Women in Iran have significantly less rights than men. In marriage, in family, in court or with regards to their place of work, women are legally disadvantaged and suffer from severe discrimination. The unjust treatment of female human rights defenders by Iranian authorities is not acceptable and in contradiction to basic human rights principles.
Mr. Special Rapporteur, can you further elaborate on the situation of women’s rights advocates. What can the international community do to support?