Human rights expert: worsening abuses, growing discontent in Iran

Human rights expert: worsening abuses, growing discontent in Iran

Published by on July 14, 2016

AntonioStango-cropAntonio Stango, political scientist, writer and human rights expert, (he is President of the Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights said the mass rally, on July 9 in Paris, was critical in finding an answer to multiple crises in which the Iranian regime was a cause.
As a matter of self-interest, not simply principle, Western governments should support “the brave people of Iran who struggle for their own freedom,” for, in achieving liberation from the “bloody ayatollahs’ regime,” the Iranian opposition would also deliver peace to the region and beyond, he said.
Mr Stango anticipated that, while the rally brought many benefits of communication and co-operation to the Iranian Diaspora and to “prominent personalities from many countries,” the principal boon of the event was that millions of people in Iran “can know that they are not alone.”
Seeing no signs of moderation in the Rouhani regime – “the situation of human rights in Iran has been further worsening” Mr Stango concluded.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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