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Human Rights in Iran: Marginalized and Sanitized, by Irwin Cotler (Huffington Post via Mosaic)

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Feb. 13, 2015

As the U.S. continues to seek a deal with Iran over nuclear weapons, the Iranian regime systematically subjects its own people to horrific abuse. Detailing the scope of that abuse, pursued in flagrant disregard of international norms, Irwin Cotler asks whether it shouldn’t “cause us to question the veracity of any commitments made by” such a regime, let alone entrusting it with nuclear weapons:

[H]uman rights violations in Iran continue unabated—and have even intensified—under the “moderate” President Rouhani. . . .

Iran not only executes more people per-capita than any other state, but the execution rate has actually escalated under President Rouhani, with the UN General Assembly expressing concern about the “alarmingly high frequency” of executions. At present, Iran now executes a person every eight hours, with death sentences carried out for overbroad crimes such as “corruption on earth” and “enmity with God.” Iran has already executed more than 80 people in the first month of January 2015 alone—the largest rate of executions of any month on record.

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