Under the dominance of the mullahs in the Iranian regime, Iran holds the world record for the number of executions and arbitrary killings carried out each year. Over the past 43 years, the only thing that has not changed is the regime’s brutal behavior with the people and its consistent human rights violations.
Execution and repression are used by the regime as a means to maintain their sovereignty, and as a tool to deal with the people’s desire for freedom in a democratic country.
In addition to the mass killings and the torture of the political prisoners, the regime has not even shown mercy to ordinary people who committed minor crimes.
The regime’s officials know very well that setting aside executions, torture, and repression would mean the end of their regime, something that they have learned from the fate of the Shah’s regime.
In 2021, the number of executions in Iran rose by 25 percent, according to the AFP, which quoted two non-governmental human rights organizations in their publication.
The AFP stated, “A report by two leading NGOs said Thursday, expressing alarm over a surge in the numbers executed for drug offenses and also the hanging of at least 17 women. The rate of executions in Iran also accelerated after the June election of hardline former judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi to the presidency, said the report by Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) and France’s Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM).”
The regime is desperately trying to impose the death penalty as an official form of punishment in today’s civilized world, a practice that has already been abolished by many countries. The international community, along with many human rights organizations, have not only not recognized this practice as an inhumane way of killing people, but they have also condemned it year after year and expressed their hatred for it.
In addition to the mounting number of executions being carried out, the regime also routinely commits the most brutal forms of repression, such as torture, public flogging, insulting and humiliating young people by parading them in the streets and violating the most basic principles of internationally recognized rights such as the right to have access to water, proper housing conditions, etc.
Regarding the regime’s human rights violations, the updated EU report on human rights and democracy in the world stated, “The situation of human rights in Iran remained a matter of concern in 2021. Iran carried out executions at an extremely high rate. A major source of concern continued to be the use of the death penalty also for juvenile offenders, protestors, and dissidents. Restrictions to civil freedoms persisted, notably the lack of fair trial guarantees, violations of freedom of expression, religion or belief, and the human rights of women and girls.
“Abuse and torture in prison, the detention and conviction of dual nationals, and the situation of human rights activists remained matters of serious concern. water shortage in Khuzestan sparked a series of protests during the summer of 2021, marked by reports concerning the disproportionate use of force by Iranian security forces.”
The European Union, while supporting the strong report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, called on the regime to cooperate fully with the rapporteur.
However, the regime rejected the EU call and the Special Rapporteur’s report and has refused to cooperate with him. Instead, they have continued to violate human rights in Iran and carry out executions.
In a recent meeting with the Ambassador of Nepal, the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi claimed that “we need to work harder to protect our culture and civilization, including in the field of human rights.”
We should not forget that this man is one of the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre as a member of Tehran’s so-called death commission, which the regime referred to ridiculously as the ‘amnesty commission’. Therefore, when he claims to be protecting human rights, it should be interpreted as the protection of the regime’s rights.