The Iranian regime has an atrocious record on human rights, womens
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
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
Insulting Islam, as interpreted by the regime, can be punishable by
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.
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
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, womens rights,
and all those who are fighting the Iranian regime.
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