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Russia Asks Who Is Killing Nuclear Scientists in Iran, NGO Says "Watch This Site"

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 24 -- Who is killing nuclear scientists in Iran? The question was raised Thursday by Russia in the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.

  The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center is doggedly pursuing accreditation, even as Iran intervenes to say the group is 86% funded by the US State Department and says that of course "strings are attached."

  As Inner City Press has already covered, yesterday the US asked to close the case of a Sudan-based NGO, saying it supports terrorists. "Show us some evidence," a Sudanese diplomat crowed Thursday to Inner City Press, basking in its "victory" over the US.

  During the questioning of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center on Thursday, the US stayed quiet. Israel asked to hear more about executions in Iran; relatively new IHRDC director Gissou Nia said there have been 50 executions in the last two weeks, mostly for drug charges.

Gissou Nia was asked to describe the group's web site; she cited a feature on discrimination against "a certain minority." Afterward Inner City Press asked her, why not just say "Kurds"? She indicated sometimes it was better to say less, citing Turkey.

The most interesting exchange began with the Russian delegate demanding to know if IHRDC ever covered the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists by terrorists. Gissou Nia replied that it is sad, these scientists are "under pressure" in the country, some have their passports confiscated. She said to "watch the website" in a month and a half, and afterward provide some additional details to Inner City Press.

But will Iran Human Rights Documentation Center ever get accredited? Only if the issue is taken out of the NGO Committee to the full ECOSOC, as sometimes happens. Watch this site.

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