`Iran should respect fundamental rights of its citizens`

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday expressed deep concern over the alleged denial of human rights to the people of Iran.

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday expressed deep concern over the alleged denial of human rights to the people of Iran, and urged Tehran to respect the fundamental rights of its citizens.

"We remain troubled by the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who garnered international attention for her verdict of death by stoning. While the Iranian government later stated she would not face execution by stoning, her fate is unclear," Clinton said in a statement.

"We are also troubled by reports that Ebrahim Hamidi, an 18-year-old charged with homosexuality, faces imminent execution despite the fact that he is currently without legal representation," she said.

"Neither case has proceeded with the transparency or due process enshrined in Iran`s own constitution, and their lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, felt that he had to flee Iran
after he was questioned by authorities and his family members were detained."
The Secretary of State also expressed concern over the fate of Iranians who are in danger of imminent execution for exercising their right to free expression after the June 2009
elections, including Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Haj Aghaei and Javad Lari.

"The United States urges the Iranian government to halt these executions in accordance with its obligations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and
calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners and imprisoned human rights defenders," she said.
"The United States will continue to stand with people around the world who seek to exercise their universal rights and speak out in defence of human liberties," Clinton added.

Bureau Report

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