Friday, September 14, 2007

Iranian Human Right Abuses

Iranian authorities are cracking down and arresting more youths as part of the regimes plan to "eradicate corruption".

The authorities may call it 'corruption', when it really is people are getting tired of the repressive regime and are starting to act out against the government.

At the same time, Canada & Portugal have criticized the Iranian government on their blatant abuses of human rights, during a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Canada's John Von Kaufmann said Iran's "deteriorating human rights situation" contravened its obligations under both international and domestic laws.

"Canada is concerned by the treatment of women as second class citizens under Iranian law and the suppression of peaceful demonstration in support of women's rights," he added.

And as usual, the UN issues a toothless statement and Iran, as usual, ignores it. Dissent in Iran is most often met with unabated police brutality. Women have almost no rights and are routinely forced into prostitution.

In the 2007 Amnesty International Annual Report it notes that Iran continues to hand out sentences of flogging, amputation, eye-gouging, public hangings, execution of children, & people are still being stoned to death. My favorite is being thrown off a cliff in a burlap sack.

I recently posted on how four men had their hands cut off for robbery. Under sharia law offenses such as adultery, homosexuality, armed robbery, apostasy and drug smuggling are punishable by death.

Amnesty International, which says Iran has one of the highest rates of executions in the world, last week said it had recorded 210 so far this year, against 177 for all of last year.

Portugal's envoy, speaking on behalf of the 27-member EU, said: "We are very concerned with the human rights situation in Iran, in particular with the rising number of executions."

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