UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by execution of Iran dissident

The UN rights chief voices outrage at Iran’s execution over the weekend of opposition figure Ruhollah Zam, and urges Tehran to halt its “alarming and increasing” use of the death penalty.

“I am appalled at the execution in Iran on 12 December of Ruhollah Zam,” Michelle Bachelet says in a statement. “His death sentence and execution by hanging are emblematic of a pattern of forced confessions extracted under torture and broadcast on state media being used as a basis to convict people.”

Ruhollah Zam speaks during his trial at Iran’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran, June 30, 2020. (Ali Shirband/Mizan News Agency/AFP)