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The Iranian regime has an atrocious record on human rights, women’s rights, and treatment of political prisons. The regime has been condemned by the UN over 50 times. Amnesty International states “Scores of political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, were arrested. Others continued to be held in prolonged detention without trial or were serving prison sentences imposed after unfair trials. Some had no access to lawyers or family. Freedom of expression and association continued to be restricted by the judiciary, and scores of students, journalists and intellectuals were detained. At least 113 people, including long-term political prisoners, were executed, frequently in public and some by stoning, and 84 were flogged, many in public.”

In 1988 the Iranian regime engaged in a movement to “cleanse” the country of all political dissent, massacring tens of thousands of political prisoners summarily and without due process or even proper notification of family members. This tragedy went largely unnoticed in the international community and we are still working to raise awareness and remember those who lost their lives. Currently the Iranian regime has maintained its abysmal treatment of political prisoners, brutal torture methods, and barbaric public executions that has included minors and mentally disabled people. It has used homosexuality, deviance from “Islamic chastity” and adultery as basis for execution. The Iranian regime has also begun to actively execute political prisoners within Iran.

Rule by Unelected Leaders Iranians cannot freely choose their own leaders. The Guardians' Council – an unelected body comprised of six clerics and six jurists – exerts broad control over election procedures and candidates. They ensure that only supporters of the unelected theocratic rulers are permitted to run for the presidency or parliament.
All but eight of the 1,014 candidates who registered were excluded in the presidential election. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei remains unaccountable to the citizens of Iran.

The position of Supreme Leader –
with ultimate authority over Iran 's domestic, foreign, and security policies – is selected by the clerical council, not elected by the people.

Deteriorating Environment for Civil Liberties

Since his election, President Ahmadi-Nejad has installed hard-liners throughout the government – including serious human rights abusers. Iran 's Interior and Intelligence ministers have been implicated in human rights abuses, including the 1988 massacre of political prisoners at Evin Prison. During the three months of summer, 66 prisoners were hanged and 178 others sentenced to death by the mullahs' judiciary, according to reports in the government-run media. Some 45 prisoners were hanged in public and 21 others inside prison. Twenty two of the prisoners were under 25 years of age.
Several of those hanged were 18 years of age at the time of their execution. They were minors when their alleged crimes occurred. During the same period, several women were sentenced to death by stoning. In at least one case, the verdict was carried out in the northern city of Mashhad.

Restricted – Freedom of Expression--The Iranian regime severely limits freedom of speech and the press, cracking down on weblogs and blocking access to many Internet sites.
Citizens who peacefully exercise freedom of expression and voice opinions contrary to the regime's, can be prosecuted for instigating crimes against the state.
Insulting Islam, as interpreted by the regime, can be punishable by death.
Journalists are often threatened, and many have been jailed. Imprisonment can involve torture or deplorable solitary confinement conditions.

During the past five years the regime closed more than 70 reformist newspapers and magazines – sentencing many managers to jail.

Prevented – Right to Assemble--
Iranians face severe restrictions on their ability to voice grievances through public assembly. The leader of Tehran 's bus drivers union has been detained without charges since December 2005. In January, a strike by the 17,000 member union to protest his arrest and to demand recognition of the right to organize, was forcibly repressed. On March 9, 2006 and on June 12, 2006 Iranian security forces put down peaceful women's rights assemblies in Tehran , beating and arresting many participants.

Unjust Treatment of Women-- Women in Iran are speaking out against inequality and violence against women is an ongoing concern.
Iranian authorities sentence women to lashings for appearing in public without appropriate covering. Iranian authorities have convicted victims of rape as adulterers, a crime punishable by death. In December 2005, the UN General Assembly called on Iran to legally abolish the practice of stoning, which can be applied in cases of adultery. There were continued reports in 2005 that judges imposed sentences of stoning for women charged with adultery. Persecution of Religious and Ethnic Minorities Most religious and ethnic minorities face some social, economic, or cultural discrimination. Several Christians who have converted from Islam have been murdered

The Iranian American Community demands:

- The Immediate release of all Political Prisoners
- Stop torture, stoning and execution the execution within Iran
- No War against Iran
- No to Nuclear weapons in Iran
- No Support of the theocratic government in Iran

We support: All Political Prisoners, the student movement, the organized Iranian resistance, striking workers, women’s rights, and all those who are fighting the Iranian regime.


Iran History

http://web.amnesty.org/report2003/irn-summary-eng

 

 


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