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February 11 marked the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Iran Press Watch (a great site I just discovered) published an essay by an Iranian now living in Montreal documenting the disintegration of Iranian society since then, particularly women’s and minority rights. The author outlines some key atrocities:

11 February 2009 will mark the 30th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution!

I cannot believe it has already been 30 years!  Only thinking about these 30 years makes me cry.  My heart is aching!

There are nights I wish that when I opened my eyes in the morning, I could take a deep breath and say to myself, whoa, what a nightmare!  Unfortunately, what happened to Iran is a horrible reality!  I am not dreaming! […]

  • Shahrokh Misaghi, a member of the student opposition, was killed in Manila, The Philippines, on 14 January 1982.
  • On 8 June 1982, Shahram Mirani, a Kurdish Iranian student and a member of the student opposition to the Islamic government, was attacked on the streets of Aligahar-India at night, and beaten to death.
  • On 10 September 1982, Abdol Amir Rahdar, a member of the student opposition to the Islamic government, was killed in Bangalore, India.
  • In 1990, Kazem Rajavi was killed in Switzerland.
  • In 1991, Shahpur Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister under the Shah, was found with his throat slit at his house in France.
  • On 9 August 1992, Fereydoun Farrokhzad, a famous Iranian singer and poet, an outspoken artist who spoke against the human rights abuses of the Iranian Islamic government, was stabbed to death and beheaded with a knife at his home in Bonn, Germany.
  • On 17 September 1992, Iranian Kurdish dissidents and opposition leaders Sadegh Shahafkandi, Fattah Abdoli, and Homayoun Ardala were assassinated at the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin, Germany. The killers were arrested but set free and sent to Iran after a while.  The German federal prosecutors during the trial directly accused Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s spiritual leader, and former President Hashemi Rafsanjani for ordering and approving the killings.
  • The list goes on![…]

    These recent years are not different from past years. Farzad Kamangar, a 33 year old Iranian Kurdish teacher and trade unionist, was sentenced to death by the Iranian Revolutionary Court on the 25 February 2008 after a trial which took place in secret and lasted only minutes. His execution could take place at any moment. Many Kurdish activists have been arrested and killed during the past few years.

    On 15 May 2008, six Baha’i leaders in Iran were arrested and taken to the notorious Evin prison.  They are still in jail without having gone through a trial.

    On December of 2008, Islamic authorities shut down the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights led by Shirin Ebadi, and raided her private office, seizing her computers and files. Furthermore, on 1 January 2009, pro-regime “demonstrators” attacked Ebadi’s home and office.

    On 15 January 2009, at least six Baha’is were arrested, including a woman who worked at the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights and who was connected with Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.  The six were arrested after government security agents raided the homes of 11 Baha’is. They also confiscated Baha’i books and other items, such as computers and photographs.

    (The full article, worth the read, is located at the Iran Press Watch).

What will it take for the mainstream media to actually report on these incidents? I read the news avidly and have never seen anything like this before. Where are the headlines with Amnesty International’s condemnations? Are there even any Amnesty International condemnations?

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3 Responses to “The past 30 years of hell in Iran: “Only thinking about these 30 years makes me cry””

  1. Rajab Ali says:

    Iranian nation achieved a lot:
    1. Convinced North Koreans to assemble their nuclear bombs in Iran instead of North Korea so Iran can claim home grown nuclear progress like it’s home grown pistachews.

    2. Convinced North Koreans not to destroy their old missiles and sell them to Iran instead so Iran can claim it has the knowledge to devise such things.

    3. Convinced Russians to use Bushehr as their nuclear dump site so that they won’t have another Chernoble accident on their territory.

    4. Convinced terrorists every where to get on the government of Iran’s payroll so that they can have free healthcare and veterans benefits for their families which allows Iran to claim victory over Israel if a war breaks out as these Sunni terrorists will be defending their Shia brothers because they will be indebted to us.

    5. Convinced Iranians to continue eating less so that their food can be sent to support Sunni Hamas soldiers who promised to defend their Shia benefactors if Israel attacks Iran.

    As you can see above, we have achieved great progress in the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past 30 years.

  2. mikecg says:

    Thanks for sharing, a lot of this is new to me! But you forgot to add that they’ve made it acceptable to claim the holocaust is a myth. Great progress indeed.

  3. Eliyahu says:

    The author forgot to mention a Tabatabai fellow, one of Khomeini’s early collaborators, who was murdered in France around 1980-81. Just to show Khomeini’s gratitude. This assassination got little attention in the American media at the time. There has been no improvement since then, has there?

    The author also forgot the group of about a dozen Jews from Ispahan [if I’m not mistaken] who were sentenced to spying for Israel some years ago. I searched the Amnesty Int’l site about them and saw one mention of their case in a general item about Iran. When Amnesty really wants to help somebody they have something to say about him every week. Michael, you don’t take Amnesty seriously as a “human rights” organization, do you?

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