By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Monday, 18 April 2016
Yesterday the state Fars news agency, associated to the Revolutionary Guards, cited Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of Iran’s state-run high council for human rights, wrote: “Larijani reacted to the remarks made by the European Union foreign policy chief based on human rights sanctions imposed against the Islamic republic of Iran continuing, describing such sanctions as ridiculous and shameful.”
“Human rights talks between Iran and Europe must unveil this deceitful measures, and the Islamic republic of Iran must be considered as the largest democracy in the region,” Larijani added in very strange and preposterous remarks.
Larijani is claiming the Iranian regime is the largest democracy in the region when in 2015 alone nearly 1,000 were executed, and this regime is the record holder in executions. This month the UK Home Office issued a reported entitled “Smugglers” saying:
“In some cases those with a political profile or those who have come to the adverse attention of the authorities for other reasons could face victimization in the application of drug smuggling charges. This could lead to disproportionate punishment amounting to persecution or serious harm."
In its April 12th session the European Union extended its sanctions against 82 Iranian officials for human rights violations. For example, the names of two directors of state radio and TV stations are amongst these individuals: Mohammad Sarafraz and Hamidreza Emadi. Based on a ruling issued by the European Court of Justice, Sarafraz and Emadi were involved in human rights violations due to their responsibilities in the coerced confessions of political prisoners aired by Press TV. Accordingly, based on the EU’s recent decision, these individuals will remain in the EU sanctions list at least until 2017.
Following the recent rise in economic failures in Iran, this regime has escalated its general crackdown and the number of executions across the country.
For example, from the morning of Saturday, April 16th moral police patrols have been stationed along with other security personnel in Tehran’s highways, busy streets, shopping centers and business complexes to confront the issue of improper veiling. According to human rights organizations, Iran’s objective in these plans – specifically targeting women – is to cement a climate of fear across the society to prevent any protest rallies beforehand.