We have addressed the hijacking the current regime in Iran makes of the War on Drugs agenda to justify severe human rights violations in the past, and participated in a global campaign to draw attention to it. Extensive resources are paid to Iran in order to eliminate the drug problem, and extreme measures such as death penalties are applied with seemingly no objection. Recent reports are that the regime is now taking the “No drugs” based violations to another level – And establishing labor camps to drug addicts and sellers.
“The anti-drug labor camps treat both the drug addicts and drug dealers,” Official representative of Iran’s anti-drug organization Ali Aliakbarian said. “The drug dealers will do hard work in the camp, while the drug addicts will be medically treated.”
2 million people are considered drug addicts by the \Iranian regime, and 8 million are declared suffering from drug-related issues. The question is how many of these will be sent to one of the 7 planned Labor camps and how many “dealers” will be sentenced to isolation and hard work because of their political oopinions? How many of them will have the right to a fair trial? Past experience, and information brought at the Amnesty “addicted to Death” report, leave us pessimistic.
Labor camps, or holding one in slavery, is opposed to International law. The fact that Iranian officials speak of this questionable mass rehabilitation project so openly and confidently is indeed concerning.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.
1. No one shall be held in slavery; slavery and the slave-trade in all their forms shall be prohibited.
2. No one shall be held in servitude.
(a) No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour;
(b) Paragraph 3 (a) shall not be held to preclude, in countries where imprisonment with hard labour may be imposed as a punishment for a crime, the performance of hard labour in pursuance of a sentence to such punishment by a competent court;
(c) For the purpose of this paragraph the term “forced or compulsory labour” shall not include:
(i) Any work or service, not referred to in subparagraph (b), normally required of a person who is under detention in consequence of a lawful order of a court, or of a person during conditional release from such detention;
(ii) Any service of a military character and, in countries where conscientious objection is recognized, any national service required by law of conscientious objectors;
(iii) Any service exacted in cases of emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community