A thorough assessment of Iran’s new amendments to the penal code undertaken by Human Rights Watch (HRW) had concluded that the amendments “fail to address serious human rights concerns”.
The document titled “Codifying Repression – An assessment of Iran’s New Penal Code” goes into great detail describing the human rights violations that the new amendments impose. These human rights violations extend from unfair trials, through torturous and cruel punishments, to death penalty for children.
Among the most horrific human rights violations are illegal executions, and this is one violation that Iran seems to be addicted to. HRW put much emphasis on the extent of crimes that could result in illegal executions in Iran. Namely, HRW criticize the “draconian” anti-narcotic amendments which result in the execution of many defendants who were found guilty of drug related crimes. Like amnesty international, HRW stress that these executions stand in stark contrast to international law due to the fact that executions are only permitted for “the most serious” crimes of which drug related offenses are not included.
However, as noted above, illegal executions are not the only human rights violating punishments undertaken by the Iranian regime, HRW also report that the new penal code still retains “punishments that amount to torture or cruel and degrading treatments, such as stoning, flogging and amputation”.
It is further worth noting that apart from the human rights violating legislation, judiciary process and punishment, HRW also report that the new amendments still uphold “discriminatory provisions against women and religious minorities”. For example, while the criminal liability age for girls is 9, for boys, this age stands at 15. This results in the fact that girls can be illegally executed 6 years younger in age than boys.
This report comes amidst serious concern in the Iranian regime that a civil protest will occur during the NAM summit. The Iranian citizens who suffer from these horrific human rights violations and who lose 133,000,000$ dollars per day due to the Iranian nuclear program are desperate for the world community to intervene.
Since the UN secretary general and other world leaders are attending the summit, Iran 24/07 calls upon these leaders and specially Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to protest against the serious human rights violations undertaken by the Iranian regime. World leaders in Tehran should take the opportunity to meet with local opposition leaders, protest against these human rights violations and show support for the Iranian civilians whose leaders seem more interested in staging a world-wide, and probably nuclear, confrontation.