Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)
The death penalty and Juvenile Offenders in Iran.
Between 2005 and 2015, Amnesty International recorded the execution of 73 juvenile offenders (people younger than 18 at the time of crime), including at least four in 2015. A UN report issued in 2014 stated that more than 160 juvenile offenders were on death row…..
Christians suffer severe persecution in Iran, particularly those who’ve converted from Islam. While the West is cheering about the recent nuclear deal, it doesn’t look like it will improve human rights.
Nuclear deal not a sign of opening
To what extent is the US-Iran nuclear deal impacting the climate within the country? Neither Rode nor Voigt expect the human rights situation to improve any time soon.
“From the Western perspective, it looks like this is a historic opportunity for improvement,” said Rode. “Iran is focused on economic interests. It needs weapons, which is why it signed the nuclear deal with ‘the big Satan,’ the US. That has nothing to do with strangling the Christian faith within the country.”
The New York Times
…The report casts doubt on laws meant to improve children’s rights in Iran in the past few years, including new discretion by judges to impose alternative punishments on juveniles convicted of capital crimes. In reality, the report said, these changes are attempts by the authorities to “whitewash their continuing violations of children’s rights and deflect criticism of their appalling record as one of the world’s last executioners of juvenile offenders.”
Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle-East)
ROME (AP) – The Latest on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Europe (all times local):
Corporate leaders and government ministers – as well as opposition activists – have greeted Iran’s Hassan Rouhani’s first visit to France as president.
After arriving in Paris on Wednesday from Rome, Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron.
Iran- Nuclear Activities
The first sign of US rethink came in January 2014, when temporary sanctions relief under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 countries allowed western firms to “ensure the safe operation of Iranian commercial passenger aircraft”. That opened the door for Boeing to rekindle ties with Iranian carriers, selling spare parts and maintenance-related services for their dilapidated fleets. But it was January 16th 2016, Implementation Day for the lifting of nuclear sanctions, that truly opened the floodgates. An updated clause in the JCPOA now allows “for the sale of commercial passenger aircraft and related parts and services to Iran,” making aerospace the only US sector that can export goods to Iran. (The lifting of sanctions primarily applies to non-US firms, which will no longer be extra-territorially pursued by America’s Office of Foreign Assets Control over Iranian deals.)