Iran has denounced the latest report detailing its denial of the most fundamental human rights under its blood-soaked Sharia legal system. The report details the widespread executions of homosexuals and religious dissidents in the country in the name of Islam as well as the denial of basic free speech and association rights. The country executes people by stoning, hanging, and even crucifixion. Mohammad Javad Larijani, chief of human rights in Iran’s government, responded by calling such human rights as a Western invention and lifestyle choice. What is truly shocking is not that the troglodytes in Iran cling to their medieval system but that various countries stepped forward to praise or defend it, including Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Once again, the endorsement of Venezuela of the most abusive regime in the world shows the plunge of that country’s values in the Chavez and post-Chavez administrations. Notably, this report came shortly after the hanging of Reyhaneh Jabbari and shortly before the imprisonment of Ghoncheh Ghavami
The confrontation occurred during a three hour review in Geneva of the U.N. Human Rights Council which was reviewing each country’s human rights record. Obviously Iran was one of the most damning.
However, like some Muslim countries in the past, Larijani portrayed human rights as a Western conceit:
“This idea of, ‘the West and the rest, only the West has good things,’ this is wrong. . . . Please accept the idea that others have a good way of life. Western lifestyle isn’t only way of doing things.” He further denounced such objections as merely an attempt to “impose your lifestyle under the banner of human rights.”
The report detailed how 852 people were executed in the Islamic Republic over the last year, mostly for drug offenses, homosexuality and alleged crimes against sharia law. They apparently did not fit the Iranian “lifestyle.”