Hvis noen skulle tro at undertrykkelsen i Iran er avtagende og at landet nærmer seg Vesten, må de tro om igjen. Undertrykkelsen har økt etter at Hassan Rouhani ble valgt til president i juni 2013. Irans straffesystem er hinsides vestlig forestillingsevne. Poetene Fatemeh Ekhtesari og Mehdi Moosavi ble dømt til henholdsvis 9 år og 6 måneder og 11 år og 99 piskeslag for å ha fornærmet det hellige i sine dikt og for å ha håndhilst på motsatt kjønn som ikke er ektemake eller slekt.
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October 14, 2015—A Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced the poets Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi to 9 years and 6 months and 99 lashes, and 11 years and 99 lashes, respectively, on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in their poetry.
The flogging sentences were a result of the charge of “illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery,” for shaking hands with strangers (a person of the opposite sex who is not one’s immediate kin or spouse), according to Amir Raeesian, the lawyer representing Ms. Ekhtesari and Mr. Moosavi, who spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
“These sentences show that repression in Iran is intensifying,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Hardliners aren’t just going after political activists, they are determined to stamp out any social or cultural expression with which they disagree.”
The Campaign has learned that a third individual, the filmmaker Keywan Karimi, was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 223 lashes on similar charges.
While many hoped for a loosening of repression in Iran with the election to the presidency of the centrist Hassan Rouhani in June 2013, this has not happened. Hardliners, faced first with Rouhani’s electoral win, and then with his administration’s achievement of the nuclear agreement, have pushed back, determined to maintain their primacy in the domestic sphere.