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Iran: Man lashed in public in Saveh

NCRI - A man was whipped 70 lashes in public on Thursday, August 29 outside his home in the city of Saveh.

According to the report by state-run news network the man had been arrested on drug related charges. His house also was confiscated by the authorities, the report said.

Degrading punishments are systematically used in Iran by the State Security Forces in order to embarrass and humiliate the youth in their neighborhood. The lashing in public in Saveh is first such degrading punishment being carried out in public since June election.

However, since the sham presidential elections at least 143 have been executed in Iran, many hanged in public. The victims included women and minors. At least 40 have been executed since Hassan Rouhani has assumed office.

On Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani’s government turned down a request by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, to visit the country.

"We do not consider Ahmed Shaheed to be an impartial rapporteur," Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said during his weekly briefing with reporters in Tehran, State-run media reported.

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