Human rights groups are blasting the Obama administration after officials refused to confirm whether National Security Adviser Susan Rice raised the plight of a dissident with Chinese diplomats this week.
Iran has been caught carrying out “secret executions” of falsely imprisoned political opponents and is said to be poised to execute four more on charges of “enmity against God” and “corruption on Earth,” according to an Iranian opposition group and human rights observers apprised of the situation.
An adviser to President Barack Obama recently asked Iranian government officials to release imprisoned U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini amid repeated calls for the administration to take a tougher stand against human rights abuses in Iran.
Executions in Iran continue to soar to record-breaking levels in 2014, as more than two people are being killed every day and some 320 executions have taken place in the first five months of 2014 alone, according to human rights observers.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will announce its 2014 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom winners on Wednesday, with honors going to two Ukrainian human rights activists.
Iran has been appointed to several key United Nations committees that oversee the protection of women’s rights and global human rights.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared in a video Tuesday claiming that Iran has the right to enrich uranium and that there is a path forward in negotiations over its nuclear program.