In an effort to moderate human rights, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. These thirty articles are the bare minimum of the rights entitled to every member of the human race. Unfortunately, the Islamic Republic of Iran is violating twenty-nine of these thirty articles, as shown by the table below.
# Description of Article Complied Not Complied
1 All men are free and equal X
2 "Freedom without distinctions of race, gender, etc" X
3 "Right to life, liberty and security" X
4 No slavery X
March 8th is International Women's day. It's a day celebrated worldwide by women and their male supporters. Unfortunately, not all women in the world are able to celebrate their womanhood. In Iran in particular, for the past 25 years women have been subject to enormous discrimination and barbaric violence at the hand of the Islamic Regime of Iran (IRI).
A man dies of flogging in Iran on Feb 22, 2004. Unfortunately, this incident is not surprising because thousands of men and women have suffered the same fate at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) in the past 25 years.
There are numerous different aspects one could talk about when describing the European and Iranian interaction.
A woman is beaten until she is hospitalized, yet she is not able to get a divorce, a woman can get a divorce but her children will be taken away from her, a woman’s job prospects are severely limited so she is forced into prostitution to keep herself alive. These lines seem to come from a sad movie, but unfortunately they are true for many women in Iran. In a country, which is ruled by Islamic Law, and in which the supreme leader is a man, women live under extreme oppressive conditions.
On May 23, 1997, 28.2 million Iranians turned out to vote for their future president. In a landslide victory, Mohammad Khatami took 21.7 million of the votes. Many Iranians in Iran and abroad, as well as Western state hoped that this would signal a “second revolution” in Iran, where the rule of law and democratic ideals would be implemented. Although named a reformist man of God, there are many indications that the current presidential administration is not as interested in liberalization as his platform may have suggested.
In his January 28, 2003, State of the Union address, President Bush declared: "In Iran, we continue to see a government that represses its people, pursues weapons of mass destruction, and supports terror . . . Iranians, like all people, have a right to choose their own government and determine their own destiny — and the United States supports their aspirations to live in freedom." Unfortunately, many Bush-administration political appointees seem to care little for their commander in chief's policies.
On May 21, 127 deputies in Iran's parliament sent an open letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The letter called for the Supreme Leader to end abuse of power in Iranian institutions directly under Khamenei's control, like the Council of Guardians, Iranian radio and television, the judiciary, the Revolutionary Guards, and the all-powerful Expediency Council. Khamenei's response?
Many in the international community, as well as the people of Iran, hoped that with the election of a “reformist” president in 1997, Mohammad Khatami, the human rights abuses in Iran would decline. Unfortunately, the aspirations of the people were crushed when the government continued being as ruthless as ever-in curbing dissent in the people, most notably, the student demonstrations of July 9, 1999.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN SWEDISH
Stoning, torture and execution, soon in a town near you.
The Swedish state is about to – with taxpayer’s money - start a Mullah education in universities. This was announced by the minister of education, Lars Leijonborg. This action is supposedly going to reduce the Islamic radicalism.
I say great, but in order to give back something both to the Swedish government and all the refugee who have fled their mullahs occupied countries I have come to think of a solution.