Thursday, December 15, 2005

Human Rights Watch: Iran's top ministers implicated in serious abuses

(New York, December 15, 2005) - Iran's new Minister of Interior is implicated in grave human rights violations over the past two decades, possibly including crimes against humanity in connection with the massacre of thousands of political prisoners, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.

The briefing paper, Ministers of Murder: Iran's New Security Cabinet, details credible allegations that Minister of Interior Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi and Minister of Information Gholamhussein Mohseni Ezhei were involved in extremely serious and systematic human rights violations over the past two decades. It's completely unacceptable that men with such records would be serving in Iran's government, said Joe Stork deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. They should be removed from their posts and investigated for these terrible crimes.