Human Rights in Iran: More of the Same

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 2, 2012

It is nice to see that the death of a dissident blogger in Iran brought about the firing of the head of the Iranian cybercrimes police unit. But it ought to go without saying that the problems here go beyond one police official. Physical and psychological torture is endemic in Iran’s penal system, as is the denial of basic legal protections for prisoners. And the blame for this sorry and disgusting state of affairs goes straight to the top of the political leadership of the current regime. It is not enough to hold one politice commander accountable for all of this. The entire regime ought to be held accountable; especially the president and the supreme religious guide, who have allowed a criminal state of affairs to continue in Iran without any letup.

Is anyone going to be fired for Nasrin Sotoudeh’s plight? I strongly doubt it.

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