In the 21st Century, many people might not think that human rights violations are particularly common, nor that the establishment and protection of human rights would even be needed. However, Iran could desperately use both. Violations are all too common, and women, children, and men could all be aided by greater safeguards and the expansion of systematic human rights.
Dissidents and Political Protest
Protesting should never be faced with mortal danger or imprisonment, but the repercussions for political disagreements and non-violent protests can be extremely harsh in Iran. Over the last thirty years, more people have faced execution due to political expediency than in any other country. Under the Presidency of Rouhani, Iran has performed the highest number of executions in the world per capita. Many of these victims are political dissidents or activists. It’s not uncommon for ethnic and other minority activists to face the possibility of death. This obviously makes promoting equality and advancing related agendas extraordinarily challenging if not outright impossible. So long as the loss of life is a potential consequence for engaging in such actions, the world will continue to watch Iran maintain archaic policies regarding women’s rights and other minorities will continue to suffer persecution.
With the mail-in vote in Australia returning in favor of marriage equality, it’s understandable that gay rights is a topic on many peoples’ minds. Unfortunately, homosexuality continues to be punishable in Iran. Indeed, homosexuality and fornication can land a person in prison or even see them sentenced with execution. This can include children. Citizens below 18 years of age can face life in prison or even be put to death. This disproportionately impacts women, girls, and the LGBT community, since they are far more likely to receive the most severe consequences.
Freedom of the press is simply not standard practice in Iran. The press and speech are both incredibly restricted. People can suffer imprisonment for speaking out against the president or other powerful figures. In fact, the incarceration of journalists and political cartoonists is not uncommon. This is often justified on the basis of religion, but religious freedoms are also limited. Christians and other religious groups face daily persecution, and open practice of non-Islamic traditions can lead to disastrous results. Iran human rights issues should be a serious concern for the rest of the world, and the people of Iran can use the assistance of all concerned persons.