“Human Beings” can benefit, but not the kuffar:
If it doesn’t exactly send a tingle up your leg, no worries: more seafaring jihad is in the offing. “We hope that we can widen our presence in international waters and high seas through further planning.”
“Leader: Iran’s Naval Presence in High Seas Beneficial to All Human Beings,” from theÂ Fars News Agency, July 24:
Iran: UN rights rep barred from entering country ‘under any circumstances’
Tehran, 21 July (AKI) – Iran has barred a United Nations representative on human rights from entering the country, according to state media reports.
“Appointing a UN Special Rapporteur on human rights for Iran is a political and illegal move, and the Islamic Republic will not allow the envoy to enter the country under any circumstances,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Thursday, according to a Press TV report.
Last month, the UN Human Rights Council named former Maldivian foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed as its human rights investigator on Iran.
The appointment was ”spearheaded” by the United States to be used as a “Western tool” against the Iran, Shaheed said.
The appointment was made following outcries by human rights groups about Iran’s use of capital punishment and imprisonment of percieved critics of the goverment.
“Iran has no problem with the individual who has been appointed as the special rapporteur, but the appointment of a rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran is unacceptable and Iran will not accept the decision,” Â Â Shaheed said.
Â But remember, their intentions are peaceful:
Interesting that a spy drone may have been around an Iranian nuclear installation. Maybe this portends well for future action against Iran’s nuclear program. “Iran: Ahmadinejad threatens to send US, Israel ‘to the morgue,'” fromÂ AKI, July 20 (thanks to JW):
- Iranian General: “Promoting the culture of sacrifice and martyrdom makes us and our Islamic society secure against the conspiracies of enemies”
The “chastity squads” could take as their motto a reversal of the old Vidal Sassoon slogan, pledging: “If youÂ doÂ look good, we don’t look good.”
Along with satisfying the Islamic Republic’s inherent urge to mind other people’s business, morality police are a cheap way for the government to look busy while intimidating the populace into staying in line.
Lined up and hanged in front of a baying mob: Human rights group condemns surge in public Iranian executions
- At least 28 public executions in Iran in recent months
Last updated at 2:25 PM on 22nd July 2011
Lined up standing on buses in front of a baying mob with their necks tied to a bridge, these are the final moments of three men subjected to a public hanging.
But rather than originating from decades ago, these pictures were taken last week in Iran, where the death penalty is still publicly used to this day.
After the ties are secured, the buses on which the men stand are driven away, leaving the hastily-convicted criminals hanging in front of crowds of onlookers, many of whom are children.
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The footage was released by human rights group Amnesty International, who have denounced the renewed surge in the use of the death penalty across the Islamic republic.
The video was shot on July in Azadi Square, in the western city of Kermanshah and features the public execution of three men convicted of rape.
During the 26-second clip in which the crimes of the men are announced over a loudspeaker, numerous onlookers are seen photographing or filming the graphic executions.
Human rights officials are concerned not only about the executions, but also the legal system preceding them.
It is thought the three men seen hanged were tried and convicted of rape within two months, raising questions about the fairness of their trial.
Amnesty International say the deaths are among at least 28 executions acknowledged by the authorities.
The group’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said: ‘These latest public executions underline the continuing horror of the death penalty in Iran.
‘Not only those executed, but all those who watch public executions, including, children, are brutalised and degraded by the experience.Â
‘These public displays of killing perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence and bloodlust, rather than a belief in justice.
‘It is deeply disturbing that despite a moratorium on public executions ordered in 2008, the Iranian authorities are once again resorting to this inhuman practice.
‘All executions violate the right to life. Those carried out publicly are a gross affront to human dignity which cannot be tolerated.
‘Executions after speedy unfair trials are no solution to the extremely serious problem of rape in Iran, which feeds on the acceptance of violence against women at all levels of society.
‘The Iranian authorities should be aiming to combat this culture of violence rather than perpetuate it through these public displays of brutality.’Â
The executions follow several widely publicised gang rapes of women this year in Iran. In some cases, officials blamed the victims for failing to adhere to the official code on dress or gender segregation.Â
According to UN human rights experts, executions in public serve no legitimate purpose and only increase the cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of this punishment.
The Iranian authorities do not publish official statistics on their use of the death penalty, despite repeated calls for transparency by UN human rights bodies.
Note: Some readers may find the footage disturbing.
While officially neutral, Persia had friendly ties with Germany and was home to many German nationals. Reza Shah Pahlavi’s refusal to expel the German nationals, coupled with their more strategic concerns, prompted an Anglo-Soviet invasion in August 1941.
He made the remarks in a ceremony unveiling a five-volume book series which includes documents on the occupation of Iran during the Second World War.
“These documents lay bare the face of plunderers,” Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.
The Iranian president called on researchers and historians to gather documents dating back to World War I despite all odds.
He highlighted the need for the Foreign Ministry to set up a committee to collect more documents regarding the country’s occupation during WWII.
“We could present one by one of these documents before international courts to lodge a case,” he noted.
Ahmadinejad pointed out how the colonialist West has altered its disguise at a time when liberation and independence-seeking movements have yielded fruit.
They are those who organized plunders in the world, unprecedented in history, he noted.
“The plunderers have created a global economic establishment to enable them to automatically rob other nations…They have set the dollar as the world’s dominant currency and published more than 32 trillion dollars of money without backing in recent years,” he went on to say.
The Iranian president called for a change in the financial and monetary systems — including the World Bank — which currently dominate the world.
“As long as these structures do not change, [and] the basis of the [UN] Security Council and the world’s financial and monetary structure is not disturbed, the plunders will continue,” Ahmadinejad warned.