According to recent reports in the Iranian media, Ayatollah Boroujerdi faces imminent threats in Iran, although these reports are difficult to verify given the lack of (media) freedom in the country(1).
The Shia cleric has called for the separation of religion and state.
Ayatollah Boroujerdi was arrested in 2006 and convicted one year later for ‘enmity with God’ and ‘spreading propaganda against the regime’.
He has accused the Supreme Leader of Iran of ‘extensive violation of human rights in Iran. 30 years ago the Iranian people were deceived into believing that the Islamic regime was going to be based on independence, freedom, republicanism, and piety. But now people no longer want to maintain this political system.’
Recently another individual, Amir Aslani, was executed for having a different interpretation of Islam than that of the Islamic Republic.
UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed concluded in his report that there has been no improvement in the human rights situation in Iran, with 825 executions last year.
1. Can the VP/HR enquire into the whereabouts, sentence and health situation of Ayatollah Boroujerdi?
2. What concrete action is the VP/HR taking to free political prisoners and to improve the human rights situation in Iran?