NCRI - Five Iranians have been flogged and a Christian had his lips burnt with a cigarette as punishment for not fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

The flogging victims each received 70 lashes in the city of Kermanshah on July 20, the Kermanshah Province deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said.

Floggings were carried out at four locations in the city: Nobahr intersection, Azadi sq., Ferdowsi sq., and Motahhari intersection, state-run Mehr news agency reported.

In a brutal punishment, a Christian had his cigarette put out on his lips and was beaten savagely in public in Tehran's Majidieh Avenue.

From July 11 to 13, five others were flogged in the cities of Babolsar and Shiraz, with three of them allegedly receiving lashes for not observing fasting during Ramadan and two were accused to thievery.

The Iranian resistance condemns the savage sentences. The silence of the world community, especially of western countries, vis-à-vis these medieval punishments under the excuse of having nuclear talks with Iran has intensified the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran. This will ultimately embolden the Iranian regime to continue its nuclear projects more than before..

Any political and economic inter-relations with the Iranian regime should be conditioned upon improvement of human rights, cessation of arbitrary executions and ending these medieval punishments.

Secretariat of the national Council of Resistance of Iran
July 22, 2014

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