In a UN report published Monday, the late human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir described her concern over continued human rights abuses in Iran, including those immediately following the nationwide protests that swept the county several months ago. According to the data, there had been 482 executions in Iran in 2017 and widespread torture of detainees.

Iranian protesters

Iranian protesters

A UN report published Monday criticised ongoing human rights abuses carried out in Iran. The report decried the Islamic republic’s continued clampdown on the freedom of expression in the country, including the mass arrest and torture of political activists and opponents, despite promises of reforms by the government

The report was drafted by Asma Jahangir, a renowned Pakistani lawyer and UN rapporteur who passed away last month after suffering a cardiac arrest. Her work was finalized in February, but Iranian officials had reportedly attempted to block its publication.

The report is scheduled to be brought up before the UN Human Right’s Council next week. The contents review recent events that had followed the anti-government protests that swept Iran in December and January and resulted in the death of at least 20 people and the arrest of over 450.

In her report, the human rights advocate said she was “dismayed at the reports quoting members of the judiciary [saying] the protesters will be awarded the harshest of punishments,” and explained that she had met with at least six people who escaped Iran and “who still bore marks of torture.”

According to the document, there have been 482 executions in the country last year, among them were five juveniles. The report also cited the existence of widespread torture methods that included floggings, sexual violence, pharmacological torture, amputations and electric shocks. 

“The Iranian Penal Code continues to include a wide range of acts that can be punished by flogging,” read the report. These acts included the “consumption of alcohol and drugs, petty drug dealing, theft, adultery, ‘flouting’ of public morals, illegitimate relationships, and mixing of the sexes in public.”