U.N. rights rapporteur condemns harassment of journalists in Iran

Asma Jahangir

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. special rapporteur said on Thursday there had been little change in the human rights situation in Iran over the past year, voicing outrage over the harassment of journalists and adding that progress on women’s rights was extremely slow.
A day after submitting her report to the world body, Asma Jahangir, the U.N. special rapporteur on the Iran rights situation, told reporters that torture was widespread in Iran and that some people were imprisoned for seeking justice.
Jahangir said she had not attempted to assess the impact of sanctions on human rights in Iran in her report because she had not been allowed to visit the country, which does not recognize her mandate…
“The report is politically-motivated, illegitimate, rancorous and disreputable,” Iranian state TV channel IRINN quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying on Thursday.
Iran says Western countries use the issue of human rights as a political tool to apply pressure on it. (Reuters – Oct 26, 2017)
Iran: Modeling group arrested in Sistan-o-Baluchistan

The head of the Sistan-o-Baluchistan Public Security Police said that a modeling group was identified and demolished with the arrest of three of its members, according to the state-run Tasnim news agency, October 25, 2017.
“After investigations were carried out, it was determined that the suspect was a woman who owned a salon. She had hired two other women as models and encouraged corruption. She invited customers via social media in this way”, Ali Mohammadi said.
“After carefully observing the time of the (modeling) activity of this group, agents went to the location and arrested the three suspects after coordinating with the Judiciary. The suspects were handed over to the Judiciary for legal proceedings after a preliminary case was filed”.

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