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Shirin Ebadi Calls for Honesty from Hasan Rohani

Shirin Ebadi, lawyer and human right activist, said in an interview with Jaras, Shirin Ebadi“Unfortunately, since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, we have witnessed violations of human rights. These started with the firing squads that carried out the executions of a number of individuals associated with the Shah’s regime above the Refah School (shortly after the Revolution) and have continued since.” Ebadi stressed that she wasn’t supporting those associated with the previous regime, but that her point was the fact that those who were executed were not given a fair trial. In her view “the violation of human rights started with the shootings above the Refah School and continued with the heinous murders of the 1980s. It caused internal conflict and continued unabated after the death of Mr. Khomeini and has continued since Mr. Khamene’I has become Leader”.
Shirin Ebadi pointed out that the reports of human rights violations were so rife that Mr. Galindopol was appointed special reporter on human rights to visit Iran. His report uncovered painful crimes that were being committed. The Islamic Republic pronounced him undesirable and the UN changed its Human Rights Special Advisor. This time, the Canadian academic, Dr. Moris Capitorn was appointed special reporter of the UN Human Rights Council on Iran. He stayed in Iran for 7 days and compiled a report that demonstrated extensive violations of human rights in Iran. Once again, Dr. Capitorn was branded undesirable and was banned from entering Iran.
She continued: “During the reforms and [the presidency] of Mr. Khatami, the condition of human rights improved slightly and for this reason, the UN removed the special reported in order to encourage Iran to continue improving. But this was a mistake, because, no sooner had the special reporter been removed that the violations intensified again. We witnessed the shutting down of several papers. In one week, alone, 90 papers and magazines were shut down by Ghazi Mortazavi, on whom the nickname ‘hangman of the press’ remains to this day”. “Conditions worsened under Mr. Ahmadi Nejad and got to the events of 2009 and the torture and killing of detainees in Kahrizak, the murders in Student dormitories and many other painful events. Today, Iran has one of the highest rates of execution in the world, it executes political prisoners and the prisoners of conscience. Those accused of crimes and under the age of 18, are executed and many other violations of human rights take place. As a result, the condition of human rights is very bad in Iran, as it was at the beginning of the Revolution.”
Shirin Ebadi spoke of the Presidential elections that brought Rohani to power and said that she believes that the president is trying to improve human rights situation because he knows that he cannot have good international relations without it.
In relation to the record of this government, she said: “I saw that the political prisoner, Gholamreza Khosravi, was executed contrary to the law, that is to say, that he should have been freed according to the Islamic Republic’s Penal Law, ratified in 2013, but he was executed. Mr. Rohani, could have, at least, protested; or when the events of Wing 350 of Evin took place (attack on the prisoners), he should have condemned it, at least, verbally. However, we haven’t seen such reactions from him. Meanwhile, I should remind you that many of the crimes against human rights are carried out by the security forces based in the Ministry of Information. This Ministry is answerable to the Executive, and Mr. Rohani should have control over it and be able to dismiss errant officials. Now, if this power has been taken away from him and the Leader (Khamane’o) has retained this power for himself, then Mr. Rohani, should, at least mention this, just as he mentioned that we are not responsible for people going to heaven or hell and that people have the right to choose their own way. He should speak openly to the people about the political issues of the day. For example, he should say that the Information Ministry does not allow him to interfere. It is then, that the people will see his sincerity and will respond”.
Cited from Jaras 15/06/2014
MaZanan 16.06.2014

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