February 04, 2014

Executions Up Under 'Moderate' Iranian President

As long time readers know, I find the word 'moderate' particularly annoying when applied to Muslims. Most so-called 'moderate' Muslims would be way outside two standard deviations of normal on an American values scale. There are liberal Muslims who do fit perfectly within our secular and tolerant values, and it's to these we should be reaching out to, not to the so-called 'moderates'.

Anyway, here's the story. It's not that I have a problem with executions per se. It's just that in Iran they execute you for things like apostasy, homosexuality, and political dissent. And, yes, the guy in power is more 'moderate' than the last guy. This is what 'moderation' looks like in the Iranian context:

After Amnesty International’s claim that 33 people were hanged in a single week last month, the top human rights office at the United Nations noted that “28 women and a number of political prisoners” were among those executed in 2013. The office also said the killings were based on convictions that do not meet the “most serious crimes” threshold under international law.

“The persistent execution of individuals for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly, association and affiliation to minority groups contravenes universally accepted human rights principles and norms,” said Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Iran.

An analysis of statistics compiled by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center shows that in the six months since Mr. Rouhani took office, 399 people — or 66.5 per month — have been executed. In the 31 months prior, a total of 1,457 — 47 per month — were put to death.

You can read the rest here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:43 PM | Comments |