A 25-year old woman is serving time in prison for attending a volleyball match. A 37-year-old man, Mohsen Amir-Aslani has been executed for suggesting that the story of Jonah in the Qur’an should be read symbolically. A 26-year-old woman who stabbed a rapist in self-defence is due to be hanged. Six young Iranians have been given suspended jail time and 91 lashes each for a music video they posted on YouTube.
These examples – there are many others – show that Iran’s justice system is out of control. It’s not surprising that ordinary Iranians feel that wherever they turn they could face life-threatening trouble.
There are also unconfirmed reports that there is an increasing number of executions in Iran. The official number for this year is 600, they second highest in the world after China. Many fear that are more. This figure is higher than in the final year under former president Ahmadinejad.
- For Iran’s justice system to become truly independent and just
- Courage for those attorneys and judges within the system who are committed to justice
- Global governments to continue to raise human rights concerns in dialogue with Iran