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Iran and Human Rights
American Journalism Center ^ | June 14, 2010 | Spencer Irvine

Posted on 06/14/2010 7:44:50 AM PDT by bs9021

Iran and Human Rights

Spencer Irvine, June 14, 2010

The human rights violations and overall human rights conditions in Iran have greatly deteriorated, guest panelists in the Heritage Foundation forum, “Human Rights Under Attack: Oppression in Iran,” claimed.

With Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Jim Phillips, the three guest panelists discussed and agreed on the need for more U.S. government-led pressure for sanctions against Iran. Panelist Renee Redman, director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, dissected the success of the Iranian government in “suppress[ing] dissent” of political dissidents. She said that the Iranian government has “successfully kept [suppression of dissent] off the newswaves” and has “targeted activists of all stripes, women’s activists, student activists…religious activists.”

As another part of the government’s “post-election crackdown” from last June, “churches have been shut down…[there have been] at least eight politically motivated executions since January 1st.” She stated she couldn’t “confirm [reports of] 88 executions” of political dissidents in the same time frame. For those who have been interrogated and accused of political dissidence, Redman outlined their three options: go inactive, go to prison, or leave the country.

Even then they are hardly home free. Upon release from prison, for example, “activists find they are unable to secure a job” due to government intervention of informing employers of the job applicants’ political leanings. Also, the authorities manage to keep prisoners incarcerated by increasing bail money “set in hundreds of dollars,” expensive for the average family there. Claiming that national security is at stake, alleges Redman, the Iranian government uses “[this] cover to go after [activists]” as if it were “settling old scores.”...

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: foreignpolicy; heritage; humanrights; iran

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