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Maryam Rajavi and the Death Penalty

By Mahmoud Hakamian

The Iranian Regime is on its last legs because, as US President Donald Trump would put it, its leadership aren’t very smart and have pushed the county into the drain. Given that the mullahs will not be around very much longer, we are taking a look at the viewpoints of the leader of the Iranian opposition Maryam Rajavi.

In this piece, we will look at Maryam Rajavi’s views on the death penalty.

Maryam Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance have long called for the abolition of the death penalty in Iran, as well as an end to torture and all forms of rights abuses.

Maryam Rajavi’s plan for a future free Iran is that the death penalty will be removed from the law books and all existing sentences will be commuted. They will also immediately end torture and any other human rights abuses.

Maryam Rajavi said: “Our plan is to revive friendship, conciliation and tolerance.”

Maryam Rajavi would also seek to overhaul the legal system and end the mullahs’ Sharia law, religious decrees, inhumane penal code, Retribution laws, and any other abusive laws of the Regime. Instead, the Resistance would advocate for laws that are based on forgiveness, compassion and humanity.

Maryam Rajavi cites the example of her husband and Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi who, during the Resistance’s battle with the Regime in the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, ordered that thousands of Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini’s agents arrested during the battles with the National Liberation Army of Iran, be released without the slightest violation of their human rights, even though they had murdered many Resistance members.

Maryam Rajavi said: “This is an enduring tradition of the Iranian people’s resistance.”

Maryam Rajavi also wants to institute an independent, dynamic and free judiciary, which will work to enforce the law, not the whims of those in power. She said that the Resistance’s plan is to defend democratic values, freedom, equality and sanctity of every citizen’s private life.

Maryam Rajavi said: “No one will be arrested arbitrarily; torture is banned; no defendant is deprived of the right to defence and having a defence attorney; the principle of presumption of innocence is respected and no one, especially no woman, will be deprived of having access to justice when subjected to violence, aggression and abuse of her freedoms.”

Maryam Rajavi said that no one should be denied their freedoms, rights, or life because of their faith, political affiliation, gender, race, or anything else.

Maryam Rajavi said: “Our plan is for all citizens to enjoy genuine security and equal rights before the law. We are seeking a new order based on freedom, democracy and equality.”

She also wants to ensure that children are no longer sentenced to death and are tried as children in fair trials for any crimes that they are accused of.

Maryam Rajavi said: “Our motivation for resistance till victory is not spite and revenge but our love for freedom and human rights. This is the fuel of our steadfastness. And the secret to this endurance is nothing but being prepared to sacrifice and pay the price.”

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