IRAN: Two men paraded in the streets of Pakdasht

IRAN: Two men paraded in the streets of Pakdasht

Published by on December 15, 2015

Iran’s fundamentalist regime on Monday paraded two young men in the streets of Pakdasht, south-east of Tehran, a derogatory act used to discourage social dissent by Iranian youths.

The commander of the regime’s suppressive security forces in Pakdasht said the degrading punishment was ordered by the regime’s judiciary officials.

Authorities frequently parade young men, forced to sit backwards on donkeys, in their local neighborhood so as to embarrass and humiliate them. Previous such barbaric acts of parading youths targeted young men on charges of disregarding nightly curfews or showing disrespect towards security agents.

The human rights situation in Iran has drastically deteriorated since Hassan Rouhani took office as President two years ago.


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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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