By Mansoureh Galestan
The Iranian regime’s General Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri recently said that he regretted that in order to avoid further human rights condemnations, Iran had been limiting the amount of “divine punishments” handed down to convicts.
Montazeri said: “Regrettably, we give up our divine punishments in order not to be condemned for the violation of human rights in the UN. This is a mistake. We must not fear this propaganda under the name of human rights that condemn us for using violence against thieves,” according to a report by the website of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
These punishments, under the mullahs’ malign Sharia Law, mean amputations, floggings, eye gougings, stoning to death, and other brutal abuses; all of which the Iranian Resistance and various human rights groups have condemned the Regime for, revealing Iran’s use of these medieval punishments at every use.
The website wrote: “The fact is that the mullahs aim to take advantage of the name of Islam to suppress the people and prolong the life of their dictatorship. They use Sharia Law to intimidate the Iranian people and stifle the voice of dissidents and protesters.”
Iran is currently facing a multitude of crises both internationally and domestically, but they are all down to the rampant corruption and mismanagement of the Regime; with poverty in Iran being so common that many children are being forced to do hard labour, drug addiction sweeping the population, and many people forced to use empty graves as a makeshift home. Given that so few has enough money to even afford the basics, some Iranians have been forced to resort to criminal acts to support their family.
But rather than fix the economy and bring these people out of poverty, so that they would not have to steal food to eat, the Regime sees fit to chop off limbs under the guise of adhering to Islamic rules.
Soon, a prisoner sentenced to amputation of the hands in October 2018 is set to have his punishment carried out. According to the deputy commander of the Iranian regime’s anti-theft police, 200,000 low-level thieves are responsible for 65% of thefts. The Regime think that they should sever 200,000 hands, rather than fix the systemic problem. How will that help anything?
The Iranian people are starving and desperate, but meanwhile, the Iranian officials live like kings on the funds that they have embezzled from the people over the past 40 years.
Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), recently said that human rights violations is one of the four pillars of the theocratic regime ruling Iran and that the international community must refer “the dossier of human rights violations in Iran to the UN Security Council after 65 United Nations censures”.