Human Rights organizations pour concern over Iran Nuclear deal 

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July 14, New York: Human Rights organizations have poured concerns over the Iran Nuclear deal. According to  sources, In response to the deal that was reached on Tuesday many Human Rights organizations stated that Tehran needs to first pay attention to its gender and civil rights issues.

Iran in 2014 executed over 200 people,According to a World Report on Iran, at least eight executed prisoners may have been child offenders aged under eighteen at the time of the murder and rape crimes for which they received death sentences. Dozens of child offenders reportedly remained on death row and at risk of execution. Iranian law allows capital punishment for persons who have reached the official age of puberty: nine for girls, fifteen for boys.

The authorities have continued to clamp down on free expression, according to activists and arious different sources one report by Human Rights watch states- “in May 2014, police arrested four young men and three women after a video showing them dancing to the popular song “Happy,” went viral on YouTube. Authorities released them to face trial on charges that included engaging in “illicit relations.” In May, a Tehran revolutionary court sentenced eight Facebook users to a total of 127 years in prison for allegedly posting messages deemed to insult government officials and “religious sanctities,” among other crimes.

Similarly,in response to demonstrators in Tehran raising the issue of greater civil rights after Iran reached agreement with six nations to limit Tehran’s nuclear capabilities, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Freedom House supports the call by the Iranian people for respect of their civil rights and an end to the house arrests of opposition leaders since 2011,” said Mark P. Lagon, president. “Once again, Iranians are showing their courage by publicly demand their rights. Iranians in the streets declared ‘Our next agreement is for the attainment of our civil rights.’ It is time for the United states and the World to turn their attention to their abysmal human rights situation, including over one thousand remaining political prisoners.”

Background:

While celebrating Iran’s nuclear deal, scores of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran to call for the release of opposition leaders and demanding new negotiations to secure their civil rights. Iran continues to hold at least 1,150 political prisoners according to human rights organizations. Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard are under house arrest for the fifth year in a row.

Freedom House has expressed concern over a deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran since the election of President Rouhani, and has called for global focus on this issue with Iran.

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