Example Of Discrimination In Iran

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Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as Iran’s 7th president on August 4, 2013 (“Human”). He ran as a moderate and raked in a great number of votes in the June 14 elections (“Human”). In his presidential campaign, Rouhani allured the Iranian voters by promises of change and expansion of personal freedoms (“Human”). Rouhani was elected despite significant restraints and lack of rights that interfered with fair and just elections. While the new Iranian regime is busy trying to prove to the world that they are “moderate,” executions and human rights abuses have been rising (“Human”). Hundreds of people have been executed this year: half of which were under President Rouhani’s rule (“Human”). While he was endorsing a gentle image during his visit to New …show more content…
Four Iranian-Christians were punished for drinking wine for communion (Weinthal). The four men were arrested and sentenced after violating the invidious laws, and are among many Christians who were persecuted in Iran for practicing their faith (Weinthal). According to a United Nations report by Ahmed Shaheed, ill-treatment like this is prevalent in the country (Besheer). As reported by the U.S. State Department, there are currently about 370,000 Christians in Iran (Weinthal). However, many ecclesiastical leaders see Christians as a threat to the Shiite Islamic …show more content…
Unfortunately, many of these proponents are imprisoned in great numbers every year. Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the many prisoners, was released from a Tehran prison in which she had been incarcerated for three years (Bozorgmehr). As an inmate, Sotoudeh went through hunger strikes to express her hatred towards the corrupt regime (Bozorgmehr). Sotoudeh was released days after the newly elected President Rouhani attended the U.N. General Assembly in New York (Bozorgmehr). Sotoudeh is "a strong voice for rule of law and justice in Iran,” and her release is one of many more to come in Iran

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