Political prisoners Khaled Heradani and Ebrahim Firouzi wrote a letter to Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, demanding all relations with Iran to hinge on an end to executions and human rights abuse.

It has been nearly four decades of suppression, torture, imprisonment, fabricated charges and religious minority executions in Iran, while, unfortunately the international community and human rights organizations have remained silent.

Iran has been condemned by the UN 64 times for harsh and systematic human rights abuses, executions and ignoring the legitimate rights of religious minorities. Unfortunately, these condemnations have never been mandatory and Article 18 of the Human Rights Charter has neither been secured nor implemented, the letter reads in part.

Dozens of Sunni prisoners of conscience were executed last year, while dozens more Christians and Baha’is are currently held in prisons while being deprived of their least legal rights.

We ask and expect human rights organizations to hinge any relations with the Iranian regime on stopping executions and human rights violations, its practical commitment to fully respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the rights of religious minorities, and the release of all prisoners of conscience.