Where is the professional journalism the mainstream media keeps talking about? While they have been focusing on Iran’s artificial democratic elections, the mainstream liberal outlets seem to have intentionally ignored one of the most heinous and egregious acts that the ruling mullahs of Iran committed during the elections.
The Islamist henchmen of the Islamic Republic executed every man in a village in the province Sistan-Baluchestan, according to the latest report coming from Iran. Shahindokht Molaverdi, the vice president for women and family affairs, called for increased protection for the families of the executed as she claimed to a Persian news outlet that “We have a village in Sistan-Baluchestan (province) where every single man has been executed.”
In addition, while liberal journalists often report on the mass executions that are being carried out by the non-state militia – the Islamic State – they have chosen to ignore larger scale of human rights violations by a powerful Islamist state, Iran.
Iran has surpassed China in the number of executions being carried out per capita, now ranking at the top. The number of executions of juveniles, women, and political prisoners has significantly increased under the government of the so-called moderate president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.
So far, under the presidency of the moderate hangman of Iran, Rouhani, more than 2,000 people have been executed by hanging, which is the largest number in the last 25 years.
The Iranian regime usually charges the victims with “muharebeh,” “Corruption on earth,” “enmity to Allah,” and being “conspirators with the West.” The prisoners are beaten and forced confessions obtained from them. I was told that that in some cases the regime police forces would place drugs in the victim’s car, house, or clothes after arresting them and then execute them for possessing drugs.
Maya Foa, head of the human rights and death penalty team at Reprieve Organization, pointed out: “The apparent hanging of every man in one Iranian village demonstrates the astonishing scale of Iran’s execution spree. These executions – often based on juvenile arrests, torture, and unfair or non-existent trials – show total contempt for the rule of law, and it is shameful that the UN and its funders are supporting the police forces responsible.”
Several other groups as well are calling on the United Nations to help, but unfortunately the UN continues its romantic relationship with the ruling clerics of Iran and forges ahead with the lifting of sanctions on the Iranian regime.
The more astonishing fact is that many media outlets, scholars, journalists and politicians are naïve enough to think that the current elections in Iran might change this trend of human rights abuses. They should be aware of the simple fact that every candidate who runs for elections in Iran should have “heart-felt and pragmatic allegiance” to the Islamist state of Iran and the radical version of Islam. So, whether the person is a moderate, reformist, or a hardliner, the scale of executions and human rights violations is not going to slow down.
Mr. Shahedd, the U.N. special reporter for human rights in Iran, who is barred from entering Iran by Iranian authorities, wrote in his latest report that “The Islamic Republic of Iran continues … to execute more individuals per capita than any other country in the world. Executions have been rising at an exponential rate … This spate reportedly accelerated at a further staggering rate during the first seven months of 2015.”
Wherever a government is run by an Islamist theocratic rule, human rights violations, abusing women, and mass executions will be at the heart of its socio-political system.