Human rights questions: Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives. Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Important in this document is Part C on “Torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment.” Paragraph 32 notes 4 cases in the previous 18 months from the time of writing (1997). Paragraph 33 concerns the rarity of stoning: “It may be replied that stoning happens very rarely in the Islamic Republic of Iran and certainly not in the major cities. The Special Representative believes that for it to happen at all is unsustainable both legally and morally. The fact that it is provided for in the Islamic Criminal Code does not make it a "lawful sanction" but, in the view of the Special Representative, serves only to encourage recourse to such punishment. The Special Representative would note the most recent condemnation of cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment of the Commission on Human Rights, which is resolution 1997/38, adopted on 11 April 1997.”

Paragraph 34 condemns stoning in the harshest language; “In the view of the Special Representative, there is no doubt that stoning is a cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, as discussed in the international instruments mentioned above. The Special Representative urges the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to remove article 82 (b) from the Islamic Criminal Code and to undertake a policy of actively suppressing recourse to such conduct throughout the country.”

Copithorne, Maurice Danby
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United Nations General Assembly Fifty-second session agenda item 112 (c). Distr. General: A/52/472.