Some real talk from United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Iran’s elections. As reported by AFP:
“I absolutely think the fears [about the elections] were warranted as has been bourne out by events,” he told AFP on the sidelines of the World Congress against the Death Penalty.
“The mass disqualification of candidates, especially for reasons that were not transparent and that appear to be quite unreasonable, for one violates the right to political participation.
“A number of high profile politicians were not able to run in the election. Then there is the fact that parties have been banned, former leaders are in detention, all of that adds to a lack of space for people to conduct a free and fair election,” Shaheed added.
“Elections are free and fair not only because the vote has not been rigged but because the general environment for the campaign is also friendly towards people’s expression of liberty,” he said
For a diplomat, that’s pretty good.