Tehran, 27th September 2010— In an appeal addressed to the President and Members of the UN Human Rights Council, the dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi has called on the United Nations and its relevant organs “to investigate the abuses taking place in Iran and the Middle East as a consequence of intervention of religion into politics thus paving the way for the passage of a resolution supporting the separation of state from religion.”
In the appeal which was read at the headquarters of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on the 23rd September, by the Iranian journalist Nazenin Ansari, Mr. Boroujerdi called on the international community “to ensure that the regime in Tehran accepts a free and fair referendum carried out under the supervision of international monitors so that the people of Iran can once again become masters of their own destiny.”
A summary of Mr. Boroujerdi’s activities prior to his arrest in 2006 and torturous conditions under which he has been held in the notorious Evin prison preceded the address. A copy of the appeal has been sent to Ms Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Your Excellencies, President and Members of the UN Human Rights Council,
Please accept my greetings to you all from inside the torturous and inhuman prison of the Islamic Republic of Iran.