Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Iran Trial
Washington, DC, July 1, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
I am deeply concerned by the convictions of 10 Iranian Jews today, in a trial process that international human rights groups, the United States, and many other nations around the world have recognized as seriously flawed. I share the deep disappointment of the families of the defendants. The defendants were imprisoned for over a year without trial, were denied access to counsel of their choice, and were tried in secret proceedings. Trial procedures in Iran's revolutionary courts have been criticized both in Iran and around the world. The annual reports of the United Nations Human Rights Commission on Refugees' Special Rapporteur and the State Department's Human Rights Report have made this clear.
These Iranian Jews are only the latest victims of such proceedings, which have included intellectuals, journalists, members of the Bah'ai minority, Muslim clerics, and others. We call on Iranian authorities to make available immediately a means to remedy these shortcomings and to carefully review other cases in which such illegitimate procedures have resulted in unjust imprisonment. In addition, we call on the international community to join in our call for a clear and unambiguous condemnation of this verdict.
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