Iranians Have Reasons for Their Abhorrence for Rouhani

Iran protest against executions

(@raminjalali25) “Iranian regime is faced with a variety of economic crises which could lead to “threats” against the regime by Iran’s young restive population”, said Eshaq Jahangiri, who is top deputy to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. “Iran has a large young population. If we are unable to solve their problems, this opportunity will switch into a threat”.  These were Jahangir’s words reported by the State-run Tasnim News Agency on January 4. Although it is a habit by officials in the Iranian regime to conceal the problems they are facing, but the situation has become so tough that Rouhani’s top deputy has to come out and warn about the “threat”. Nevertheless, the confession made by Jahangiri is just the tip of an iceberg.

Since two years ago, when Hassan Rouhani came out of sham elections, he has become one of the most despised figures in Iran. Different sectors in the Iranian society have wounds from the government of “President Rouhani”. Workers, students, government employees, merchants, teachers, nurses, etc. ., have held protests demanding their basic rights. In view of the anger among the people, it seems that the Iranian regime is entangled in a direct war with its people. Despite the unpopularity for the entire regime, but almost anywhere he goes Rouhani faces angry demonstrators.

Last December, while speaking at a campaign for the upcoming elections, in the city of Rey, south of capital, the crowd’s exasperation rose when Rouhani, hideously, said,

“I am happy to see that the rate of inflation that at the beginning of this government was %45 is now restrained to less than %1”.

Forced to come out when on leave from schools due to air pollution, the students torn off Rouhani’s pictures and shouted slogans against him. Students, who were supposed to welcome Rouhani, held up banners which read,” 875 day passed the 100 day promise“. Rouhani had promised he would upgrade Iran’s economy in 100 days when he came to office. Other banners read, “No more empty promises, people need food” or “Free Political Prisoners”.

This video is from last year’s report.

Iranians have reasons for their abhorrence for Rouhani. This government holds the record of having the most executions per capita in the world, and is the biggest executioner of juvenile offenders. London-based Amnesty International reported Friday 8 January 2016, “Iran executed about 700 people in the first six months of 2015, an average of three people every day and the final execution count might top 1,000 by the end of the just concluded year,”.

Execution of a Reyhane Jabbari, a 26 year old woman who was hanged for killing a former intelligence ministry officer who tried to sexually abuse her rose an international campaign urging for a pardon and was described as a “travesty” by Amnesty International.

Gallows are one of the main means Iranian regime uses to suppress protesters. There have been over 2,000 executions in Iran in the two years that Rouhani has been in office, more than in any similar period in the past 25 years. On April 20, 2014, Rouhani described these executions as “God’s commandments” and “laws of the parliament that belongs to the people.”

On October 19, 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the execution of the two minors and voiced his concern about the rise in executions in Iran. Secretary General’s press office said in a statement that he was concerned; the executions “reflect a worrying trend in Iran.” “Over 700 executions are reported to have taken place so far this year, including at least 40 public, marking the highest total recorded in the past 12 years,” it said.

Many of the government opponents and human rights activists have been jailed in Iran and some sentenced to death on the mullahs-fabricated charge of ‘Moharebeh’ (enmity with God).

Rouhani’s government is one of the largest customers of Internet censoring and filtering equipment. It also blocks around five million websites dedicated to arts, social issues, and news, and works hard to filter the content of blogs and social media.


Image from IrawnWire

Atena Farghadani, a 28- year-old female artist was tried on May 19, 2015 for drawing a cartoon. She was put on trial on charges including ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ and ‘insulting members of parliament through paintings’. She was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison. It is hard to imagine that a young woman be put in jail for 12 years for drawing a cartoon. But this is the reality of the theocracy ruling Iran.

Iran, under Rouhani’s government, is one of the 10 countries in which the greatest crackdown is applied to Christians. There are several cases of Christian priests imprisoned solely for their practices. Saeed Abedini, an Iranian American Christian pastor, has been detained in Iran since the summer of 2012 for practicing his faith. Iran, under Rouhani, is also the largest prison for journalists in the Middle East; dozens of journalists are being detained today.

“When the Iranian government refuses to even acknowledge the full extent of executions which have occurred, it shows a callous disregard for both human dignity and international human rights law,”

says Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N.’s special “rapporteur” on human rights in Iran. Ahmed Shaheed’s report says the regime in Tehran is executing individuals from religious and ethnic minority groups “for exercising their protected rights, including freedom of expression and association.”

The world will remember Nov. 13th terrorist attack, in Paris, when Rouhani visits Europe last week of January. He must be questioned for 2000 executions inside Iran, as well as those slain by the regional and worldwide terrorist activities supported, instigated or directly implemented by his regime.

"Iranians Have Reasons for Their Abhorrence for Rouhani" by Ramin Jalali is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License based on a work at Creative Commons License

[Featured image by David Holt via Flickr / BY CC-SA 2.0]

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