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Iranian Regime Disregards International Law

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is releasing a new resource documenting Iran’s violations of its treaty obligations and multilateral agreements. This week Iranian forces fired on and unlawfully seized the Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged and reportedly American-owned commercial vessel transiting the Strait of Hormuz.Four days earlier, Iranian patrol boats aggressively encircled the Maersk Kensington, a U.S.-flagged cargo ship.

Given that “the United States has full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands,” the seizure of the vessel has been viewed as both a provocation against the U.S. and as jeopardizing freedom of navigation in an internationally recognized shipping lane vital to global commerce.

In addition, according to reports, a United Nations sanctions panel was recently informed that “an Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms” is active and operating in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions sanctioning Iran’s illicit nuclear program.

Tehran has consistently refused to act as a responsible member of the international community. Its disregard for international norms and principles, as well as for the provisions enshrined in the multilateral treaties to which it is party and signatory, raise serious doubt about the regime’s intentions with respect to its commitments and obligations under the terms of any nuclear agreement reached with the P5+1.

UANI’s comprehensive resource of Iran’s violations of its treaty obligations and multilateral agreements on key matters such as disarmament and weapons of mass destruction, human rights, and governance underscores the Iranian regime’s disregard for international law and treaty obligations:

Violations

Treaty/Organization

Illicitly developing its nuclear program Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN Security Council Resolutions
Assisting in the Assad regime’s development and use of chemical weapons in Syria Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Seizing the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in the Iran Hostage Crisis (1979-1981), storming the British embassy in Tehran in 2011 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
Taking hostages, including the four Americans currently being held in Iran International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages
Publicly calling for the destruction of Israel Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Violating the rights of national Arab, Azeri, Baloch and Kurdish communities International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Limiting the Baha’i community’s access to education and subjecting them to mass imprisonment and systematic persecution International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Codified discrimination against women, whose testimony in court, for example, is worth half that of a man’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Executing more child offenders than any other country in the world Convention on the Rights of the Child
Violently repressing freedom of speech and assembly, as in the 2009 elections protests International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
Blocking millions of websites and jamming satellites to prevent foreign broadcasts International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Shutting off ship transponders and smuggling weapons by sea in civilian vessels International Maritime Organization (IMO)

ABOUT UNITED AGAINST NUCLEAR IRAN

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Objectives of United Against Nuclear Iran
  1. Inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran’s role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
  2. Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
  3. Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and persuade our elected leaders to voice a robust and united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
  4. Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
  5. Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons, while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
  6. Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.

UANI is led by an advisory board of outstanding national figures representing all sectors of our country.