Civil rights

G7 Ministers Urge Iran to Respect UN Covenant on Civil Rights

The Group of Seven (G7) gender equality ministers expressed their “solidarity with the people who are mobilizing in Iran against violations and abuses of their human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

In a statement after a G7 meeting in Berlin on Friday, German Women’s Minister Lisa Paus and her G7 counterparts called on the Islamic Republic to end the violence and crackdown on protests in the country, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of hijab police.

“We call on the Iranian government to listen to the concerns of its own people, respect their rights and immediately end the brutal crackdown on peaceful protests, which is in contradiction with Iran’s obligations under the International Covenant on civil and political rights. rights (ICCPR),” they said. “We salute the courage of Iranian women and girls who peacefully demonstrate with their fellow citizens. »

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, the ICCPR – of which Iran is a member – commits state parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

Urging the Iranian government to “end all forms of persecution and violence against all Iranians, especially against Iranian women and girls”, they reminded Iran that “women’s rights are human rights , and Iranian authorities are “obligated under international law to ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by all women and girls.”