Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Jan. 30, 3019 - The Iranian regime’s General Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri recently expressed his regret when he stated that he is denied carrying out “divine punishment orders” (Saria Law) to avoid further international human rights condemnations against the Iranian regime.
Montazeri, who said those remarks in a meeting with the commanders of the regime’s anti-theft police department, stated that the regime should not give in to international pressures, “Regrettably, we give up our divine punishments in order not to be condemned for the violation of human rights in the UN. This is a mistake. We must not fear this propaganda under the name of human rights that condemn us for using violence against thieves.” (State-run FARS news agency- January 2019)
It is worth mentioning that the Iranian Resistance and PMOI/MEK have time and again denounced the Iranian regime at the international level by revealing the regime’s inhumane criminal punishments including severing limbs, stoning to death, gouging eyes, lashing in public, etc.
The regime’s criminal punishment, a lever for suppression
While mullahs in Iran are insisting on criminal punishment laws that date back to 1,400 years ago, and while they describe these punishments as a divine gift and adherent to Islam, they don’t answer the question that why they don’t even comply with Islam’s written rules and apply punishments like stoning, which predate Islam. According to the Quran, criminal laws must be adapted to any era and can’t be followed verbatim from the holy book. The fact is that the mullahs aim to take advantage of the name of Islam to suppress the people and prolong the life of their dictatorship. They use Sharia Law to intimidate the Iranian people and stifle the voice of dissidents and protesters.
The Iranian regime and the expansion of social crises
Iran is going through much social crisis expanded by the regime intentionally or due to its mismanagement: Poverty, drug addiction, child labor, beggars, and even “grave people” which should be added to English dictionaries as a new phrase for poor Iranian people who use empty graves as home or a shelter for sleeping.
These social crises are the source of many criminal acts in society. Rather than curing the social problems and healing the wounds, the regime’s response to these crimes is inhumane punishments it attributes to Islam. Severing limbs is one of the regime’s penalties for thieves who had resorted to theft as a last solution to overcome their miseries and make ends meet.
On January 16, 2019, the state-run news agency ISNA quoted the deputy commander of the Iranian regime’s anti-theft police that 65 percent of thefts are being committed by 200,000 low-level thieves in the country. So according to the Iranian regime’s law, 200,000 people should lose a hand.
This is while Iranian officials and their affiliates have long backgrounds of embezzlements worth billions of dollars without becoming subject to investigations or prosecution.
On October 10, 2018, the first branch of the Iranian regime’s of criminal court in Urmia northwest Iran ordered the severing of the hand of a prisoner for theft. The verdict is expected to be executed soon.
Back in January 2018, Iranian authorities executed five prisoners. At the same time in Mashhad northeast Iran, they chopped off the hand of a young boy for stealing sheep.
The Iranian regime holds the world record in number of executions per capita. According to Amnesty International: “more than half (51%) of all recorded executions in 2017 were carried out in Iran.”
These executions and punishments based on Sharia Law are the blatant violation of human rights and the International Conventions signed by the Iranian regime.
The Iranian regime’s aim for violating of human rights is continuing its dictatorship and without these inhumane punishments, it would have met its demise long ago. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), recently stated that the violation of human rights is one of the four pillars of the theocratic regime ruling Iran. She reiterated that the international community must refer “the dossier of human rights violations in Iran to the UN Security Council after 65 United Nations censures.”