Iran Human RightsDismal Report by the Iran Human Rights Monitor for...

Dismal Report by the Iran Human Rights Monitor for January 2019

-

Dismal Report by the Iran Human Rights Monitor for January 2019

Iran Focus

London, 6 Feb – While the Iranian regime denies the use of torture, reports confirm its use. Numerous instances of torture and human rights abuses were reported by the Iran Human Rights Monitor for the month of January.

Following a labor activist’s Instagram post alleging that he was tortured while in the custody of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, human rights activists have been publishing reports about detainees being tortured during interrogations under the Farsi hashtag of “I was tortured too”.

Revelations regarding sexual torture, amputation, beatings with electric shocks, and other forms of torture that detainees are subjected to while in custody shocked the country and sparked a debate among Iranians on social media.

In the religion of Islam, “hudud” refers to punishments that under Islamic law are mandated and fixed by God. The clerical regime believes these punishments are a divine gift and adherent to Islam. Recently, Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri expressed regret that a number of these “divine punishments” have been set aside because they are condemned by international bodies.

However, these punishments were rarely applied in pre-modern Islam, and their use in some modern states has been a source of controversy. In fact, they don’t comply with Islam’s written rules. According to the Quran, criminal laws must be adapted to any era and can’t be followed verbatim from the holy book.

So, it is no surprise that Iran’s human rights record continues to be dismal for January or this year.

In fact, some 23 flogging sentences were issued — 7 carried out. According to Iranian officials, flogging is not considered as torture. It is used to “set an example”.

Tehran ordered 12 executions — five of which were carried out in public. Human rights activists also report that an innocent man was hanged. A woman identified only as M.A is the 87th woman executed under President Rouhani. A 31 year old man was publicly executed in January for an alleged violation of the country’s anti-gay law.

The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, said, “I am committed to a more aggressive coordination with our European allies to make clear that criminalizing homosexuality or publicly hanging someone for being gay is incompatible with the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

Religious minorities continued to be harassed and arrested in January. Four students belonging the Baha’i community were denied education. Also, an audio file has revealed that Gonabadi Dervish women in prison have been denied medical treatment. The arbitrary arrests of Arabs in southwestern Khuzestan province has continued, and Iran Human Rights Monitor received information about violations against Baluchis claiming that state security forces opened fire on a vehicle, killing a Baluch man and leaving two others wounded. Kurdish citizens have not fared well, either. At least 36 citizens have been arrested. And, Abbas Lesani, Azerbaijani Turkic minority rights activist, was arrested after a court tried him in absentia and sentenced him to 10 months’ imprisonment on the charge of “spreading propaganda against the state.”

Latest news

Iran and Hezbollah Face Blame for Dual Financial Crises

The United States Treasury Department announced on Friday, January 21, that it would be enforcing sanctions on three Lebanese...

Iran – Conflicting State Policies Deepen Social Crises

The Iranian regime has decided to spend about $800 million to encourage more childbirths in 2022 in an attempt...

NCRI Hosts Conference in France To Address the Need To Hold the Iranian Regime Accountable for Its Crimes

On January 17, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) hosted a conference in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris,...

Iran’s Regime Tries To Whitewash Its Crimes

Iran’s State Prisons and Security and Corrective Measures Organization, which is under the supervision of the Judiciary, has distributed...

Iran: Raisi’s Six-Month Economic Record Contrasts Sharply With His 7,000-Page Program

In the summer of 2021, the Iran regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei installed the infamous Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi...

Iran’s Export in the Casino of the State Mafia

The Chairman of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Mohammad Khansari, has stated that the total volume of exports of...

Must read

Obama, Netanyahu battle for sanctions

The Hill: President Obama is pressing senators to ignore...

Politics & Policies: The Iran dossier

UPI: As soon as President George W. Bush brushes...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you