Fearing a new round of nationwide protests, Iran’s judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi published a botched document as the ‘judicial security document.’
According to the document, torture and degrading treatment are strictly prohibited. This document is based on a principle of constitutional principles that entrusts the so-called task of protecting individual and social rights to the judiciary.
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In this document, there are claims about a democratic and Islamic society, judicial security of citizens, peace of mind of citizens, citizens’ trust in the law and the judicial system, which has absolutely nothing to do with the characteristics of the clerical regime, which is known for its savagery.
The ridiculous part is that Raisi who is known for his role in crimes against humanity, especially the mass executions of political prisoners in 1988, is portraying himself as a human rights defender.
However, the supreme leader Ali Khamenei is pursuing two goals with this document. First to calm down the people’s fury against the regime, especially after the November 2019 protests and the killing of 1500 innocent people, and secondly Raisi is trying to place himself as Khamenei’s successor after his death.
A government official said about the document: “The execution of some rulings in the eyes of the people and in the streets, of which we have had several cases recently, and there have always been warnings from respected judicial officials not to do so, which unfortunately were not taken into consideration and caused the esteemed head of the judiciary to pay attention to it in this judicial document in Article 20.”
“It has been stated that in no way should inhuman and degrading treatment be used, and any physical or mental torture, coercion to confess or testify or provide information, insulting behavior, etc., and sexual harassment or insult to the dignity and honor of persons, and which is beyond the court order is prohibited and causes punishment.” (Khabar Fori website, October 16)
In a disgusting act, the state security forces humiliate youths to spread fear among #Protesters. However, who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind.
Soonly, the ayatollahs and their thugs would be brought to justice for 41 years of suppression and corruption.pic.twitter.com/HcRkqvJsVN
— IranNewsUpdate (@IranNewsUpdate1) October 8, 2020
Despite the fact that this document pretends that the judiciary seeks to respect the rights of the people and eliminate oppression in prisons and courts, state media and government officials say that the judiciary is the most important obstacle to the implementation of civil rights.
On October 18, in an article titled, “Important, are the obstacles to the implementation of the law”, the state-run Shargh daily defended the regime inhuman torture and humiliation against youths. “The Charter of Civil Rights does not contain any new points or words; The most important obstacle to the implementation of laws that include citizenship rights are political interests and the bureaucratic structure of the executive branch and other bodies; That is, those who have to enforce citizenship rights are violating it,” shargh wrote.
“In this case, they would realize that in order to exercise the citizenship rights, there was no need to write and publish a text that is legally meaningless, and neither the law nor the Cabinet approval nor the sectoral letter… and it does not have to be enforced,” the state-run daily added.
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The impracticability of this document is so obvious that experts and media outlets have already criticized this essay and considered it to have no executive guarantee.
The judiciary deprived political prisoners of the right to choose a lawyer and appointed several affiliated lawyers with itself, and prisoners could only choose one of them. The document does not mention the right of the accused to have an independent lawyer.
On the other hand, Raisi’s appointees intentionally expose political prisoners to the novel coronavirus and ban them from essential supplies and medicine. Also, his apparatus constantly issues and practices amputation sentences against poor offenders while he is silent versus the state-backed mafia.