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Rampant Human Rights Abuse in Iran

Good times continue to roll in Iran, according to the Wall Street Journal:

Iran has dramatically increased executions over the past decade and abused the rights of students, women, journalists and religious minorities, according to a new United Nations report. . . .

It cites an “alarming increase” in executions, from fewer than 100 people in 2003 to more than 650 in 2011. . . . It said at least 15 men and women face sentences of death by stoning on charges of adultery. . . .

The report also said 42 journalists are currently in prison, more than any other country, and are often barred from appearing at their own trials. It said 364 university students have been deprived of education for life “on the basis of their political and student activities critical of government or university policies.”

Journalists in jail? People stoned for adultery? Executions for small offenses? Student protesters repressed?

Obviously, this is a regime whose word can be trusted.

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  • alex scipio

    Here we have a different, non-Western culture acting in a way different from Western culture – the same Western culture that “multiculturalists” deride as often and loudly as possible. This really is the definition of “multiculturalism;” accepting other cultures as equal to (or better than) our own. It’s the siren song of the Left.

    Do those of us who believe in the superiority of Western culture, including of course, Dr. Mead, see this abuse of rights as illegit and inhumane? Of course.

    But how, exactly, do those who make their living hating Western culture (Dems, Progs, most academics, etc.) justify reacting negatively to a non-Western culture?

    These folks are just doing what these folks always do. Little has changed in centuries – they still stone & whip people for example. Deriding this logically requires accepting Western norms, something “multiculturalists” demand we reject.

    One would think the Left would celebrate this non-Western behavior – it truly is what they demand: “Multicultural.”

    Yet these same “multiculturalists” insist – demand – what they call “universal [which are nothing of the sort, being totally predicated on Western modes of acceptable behavior] Human Rights” be accorded to these non-Western people.

    Doesn’t that give Lefties a headache, trying to conflate Western behavior while lambasting Western behavior?

  • Toni

    Yep, this is the regime that Obama, in his first year as president, thought he could woo by sending congratulations on the anniversary of its revolution. Who that same year said not a word in support of courageous Iranians demonstrating, and dying, in protest against that regime.

    Imagine if he’d started pursuing sanctions in 2009. I guess that would have been just too practical for a Harvard Law grad.

  • Eurydice

    I guess it depends on what you mean by “word” – I totally trust Iran to do things like this.

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