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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, womens activists, student activists religious activists.
As another part of the governments 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 couldnt 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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