Iran deliberately concealed the circumstances surrounding the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane over a year ago. “The inconsistencies in the official statements seem to be designed to create a maximum of confusion and a minimum of clarity,” said the UN expert on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, in Geneva on Tuesday.
Iran committed several human rights violations with the shooting down and the subsequent concealment. Callamard published a 45-page letter with questions that she had sent to the government in Tehran in December. You have not received an answer. Letters of this kind will remain confidential for 60 days.
176 people were killed
The plane with the flight number PS752 was shot down by the Iranian armed forces on January 8, 2020 shortly after taking off from Tehran. All 176 people on board were killed. The shooting down was initially denied by the Iranian leadership. It was later reported that the aircraft had been mistaken for an American missile. According to the aviation authority, the radar system was misaligned, which led to a communication error. The crash goes back to a “human error”.
According to Callamard, the explanations were inadequate. This did not explain why the radar system was misaligned. It is also unclear why the size and flight behavior of the target object were not checked. Looters were allowed to go to the crash site and the place was later leveled without relatives of the victims receiving memorabilia. The relatives were treated disrespectfully.