UN top boss expresses 'serious doubts' over 'mass executions' in Iran

Reuters
Tehran, Iran Updated: Aug 05, 2016, 05:00 PM(IST)

Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein said the men had been executed for 'purported terrorism-related offences' and that reports suggested most if not all were from a minority group. Photograph:( AFP )

The hanging of up to 20 people in Iran this week follows serious doubts about the fairness of their trials and respect for due process, leading to a "grave injustice", the United Nations' top human rights official said today.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the men had been executed for "purported terrorism-related offences" and that reports suggested most if not all were from a minority group – Sunnis from the Kurdish community.

"The application of overly broad and vague criminal charges, coupled with a disdain for the rights of the accused to due process and a fair trial have in these cases led to a grave injustice," Zeid said in a statement.

(Reuters) 
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