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Approaching the End of Dark Ages in Iran

How Khamnei undermines equality of persons and freedom of expression and religion by imposing restrictions on nearly every human right based on Islamic Sharia law


Mullah’s rituals to perpetuate ignorance, violence, hatred, barbarity, discord and division

By Freydoon Khoie

Notwithstanding the fact that the original intention of the 1979 pro-democracy revolution in Iran was ‘Independence’ and ‘Freedom’ and not the establishment of a horrifying dictatorship, now after 34 years of misrule and mismanagement, it is clear for the educated Iranians that the Muslim clergy known as ‘Mullah’ ruling Iran are essentially holding back progress and development and preventing us to become a civilized, well rounded, competitive society in the present fast moving world. No matter what they call it, this is no less than act of treason by the Mullahs.

Back in 1979 when our pro-democracy revolution was hijacked and Khomaini and the Mullahs, using a class of street fighters took over the government and diverted the nation’s attention by deliberately starting a war with Iraq and in the process imposed an Islamism narrative of the revolution, the people of Iran were not aware what was happening to them and after two generations, today the twenty five million young and educated Secular Muslims who wish to enter the world stage and start building a modern economy and a civilized society can no longer allow a class of radical Mullahs to run the country. The Secular Muslims believe that this particular class of radical mullahs currently in charge should be completely removed from power and a new generation of well educated, English speaking Iranians should come to power and build multi-party political system and take over the leadership of the country so that we can start building a new and modern Iran able to compete in the progressively competitive world and build strong ties with our neighboring countries like the UAE, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and others in the region and put an end to the cycle of violence, terrorism, wars and destruction.

The Cultural Roots of the problem

The present generation of Secular Muslims are frequently criticized by the not so bright Mullahs because of our belief in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They claim that the said Universal Declaration of Human Rights fail to take into account the cultural and religious context of non-Western countries, as though we, the non-Westerners are not human beings and should be subjected to a different set of inferior rules and codes on human rights.

In 1981, Khomaini’s representative to the United Nations articulated the position of Khomaini regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by saying that “the UDHR was a secular understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition, which could not be implemented by Muslims without trespassing the Islamic sharia law”, failing to explain and realize that Islam was essentially a continuation of Judeo-Christian religion and therefor it cannot present a contradictory stand against the principles respected by the Judeo-Christian religions.

The CDHRI (Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam) was adopted in 1990 by members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and in 1992. The CDHRI was presented to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, where it was strongly condemned by the International Commission of Jurists, rejecting the idea that Muslims could be subject to an inferior code of Human Rights.

The Islamic Conference Declaration is filled with contradictions as it starts by forbidding “discrimination on the basis of race, color, language, belief, sex, religion, political affiliation, social status or other considerations", yet six out of eight of these areas are routinely and systematically violated in Iran under the Mullah’s rule in the name of the same Sharia Law that forbids their violations. CDHRI continues to proclaim the sanctity of life, and declares the "preservation of human life" as "a duty prescribed by the Sharia". Yet, this is the regime that has executed 538 people in the last ten months alone. In addition the CDHRI guarantees "non-belligerents such as old men, women and children", "wounded and the sick" and "prisoners of war", the right to be fed, sheltered and have access to safety and medical treatment in times of war. Yet again, in practice, no such treatment is provided to any of the above sub-categories. Many old and sick prisoners have been executed. The most recent case is execution of 16 young prisoners in Baluchistan, claiming that they might have had connections with the Jeish Al Adl and Jondollah Para-military freedom fighters in South East Iran after they attacked border guards.

The CDHRI claims that Sharia Law gives men and women the "right to marriage" regardless of their race, color or nationality,
but not religion, and this is not considered Human Rights Violation?. In addition, Sharia Law provides women with "equal human dignity", "own rights to enjoy", "duties to perform", "own civil entity", "financial independence", and the "right to retain her name and lineage". Yet in practice women under Khamnei’s Islamist regime have no equal rights in general, and here is the contradiction in terms. How could a woman enjoy her dignity, own civil entity, and financial independence when her life is considered to be worth half of that of a male counterpart and that the Man can marry four wives without her consent, and that she needs her husband’s consent for a host of activities such as getting a driving license, pursuing education, to travel and many more? The Declaration makes the husband responsible for the social and financial protection of the family. In other words, gives the Man full authority over the woman as though she is a slave. The Declaration gives both parents the rights over their children, and makes it incumbent upon both of them to protect the child, before and after birth; yet, men can divorce their wives in their absence and keep the children. The Declaration also entitles every family the "right to privacy". It also forbids the demolition, confiscation and eviction of any family from their residence. Furthermore, should the family get separated in times of war; it is the responsibility of the State to "arrange visits or reunification of families". Again, none of these claims are being respected in practice and reality.

Article 10 of the Declaration states: "Islam is the religion of unspoiled nature. Whatever that means. It is prohibited to exercise any form of compulsion on man, (no mention of compulsion on woman), or to exploit his poverty or ignorance in order to convert him to another religion or to atheism." In essence in Islam there is no Freedom of religion.

The Declaration (supposed to) protect each individual from arbitrary arrest, torture, maltreatment and/or indignity. Yet in the last 34 years since the coming to power of the Mullahs and Islamist form of government, arbitrary arrests, torture, maltreatment, and indignity have been the order of the day in Iran and continues to this day. Furthermore, it claims that in Islam no individual is to be used for medical or scientific experiments, yet, thousands of poverty stricken young men and young women are selling their blood and their kidneys for money to remedy hunger. Islam also prohibits the taking of hostages of any individual "for any purpose" whatsoever, yet we all remember that Mr. Khomaini started his glorious Islamist revolution by taking the U.S. Diplomats hostage for 444 days.

Moreover, the CDHRI guarantees the presumption of innocence; guilt is only to be proven through a trial in "which he [the defendant] shall be given all the guarantees of defense". Yet, in reality, in the present Iran under the rule of the Mullahs all are guilty until proven innocent and if the lawyer succeeds in proving the defendant’s innocent then the lawyer herself will be imprisoned like so many lawyers in jail on this very writing and Nasreen Sotoodeh, just one of them was released after three years of torture. The Declaration also forbids the promulgation of "emergency laws that would provide executive authority for such actions", yet, after 34 years regime’s revolutionary courts are still busy prosecuting their opponents and sentencing them to death.

Art. 19 stipulates that there are no other crimes or punishments than those mentioned in the Sharia law, which include corporal punishment (whippings, amputations) and capital punishment. Only to read that Iran has the highest executions per capita in the world and the judicial system is fully controlled by the regime without any independence. The right to hold public office can only be exercised in accordance with the Sharia, which forbids Muslims to submit to the rule of non-Muslims. Here is a total contradiction again, in a society that has been multi-religion for centuries.

The Declaration emphasizes the "full right to freedom and self-determination", and its opposition to enslavement, oppression, exploitation and colonialism. This clause sounds more like a joke. The people world over know that the daily and gross violations of this clause in Iran and most other Muslim countries are universal. The CDHRI declares the rule of law, establishing equality and justice for all. Equality and Justice for all? How is that possible when in previous clauses it clearly says that women and men are not equal? The CDHRI also guarantees all individuals the "right to participate, directly or indirectly in the administration of his country's public affairs". And again, this is more like a joke because in Iran under the Mullahs the people have absolutely no right to participate directly or indirectly in the administration of their country and when they did vote back in 2009 and their votes were not regarded and they came to street to practice this right they were beaten to death, arrested, tortured, raped, imprisoned and many are still in prison to this day.

The CDHRI also forbids any abuse of authority 'subject to the Islamic Sharia.' Yet, from Khamnei down to every single member of the regime are abusing their authority to enrich themselves with no impunity.

Article 22(a) of the CDHRI Declaration states that "Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely (here is the catch) in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Sharia." Now here is the real catch, one is free to express his opinion freely so long as that opinion is not contrary to the principles of Sharia!! In essence there is no freedom in expressing one’s opinion. 22(b) states that "Everyone shall have the right to advocate what is right, and propagate what is good, and warn against what is wrong and evil according to the norms of Islamic Sharia." Yet, these rights are all subject to Sharia again.

22(c) states: "Information is a vital necessity to society. It may not be exploited or misused in such a way as may violate sanctities and the dignity of Prophets, undermine moral and ethical values or disintegrate, corrupt or harm society or weaken its faith. In essence this sort of description and definition of Freedom of Press only leaves room for the Mullahs to interpret them when they do not like what another citizen is saying and he would be subject to punishment for violating Sharia law. 22(d) states "It is not permitted to arouse nationalistic or doctrinal hatred or to do anything that may be an incitement to any form of racial discrimination." Yet, the entire Khamnei’s regime is based on inciting hatred towards Jews, Sunnis, Baha’is, Christians, Zoroastrians, Americans, Israelis and even Saudis.

The Hypocrites Par Excel lance

Though using a universalistic language akin to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "quite a number of [its] features express an Islamic particularity." The preamble is mostly religious rhetoric, and the particulars of the CDHRI contain numerous references to the Quran, sharia and aspects of the Islamic faith that appear on no other similar international list. The CDHRI concludes in article 24 and 25 that all rights and freedoms mentioned are subject to the Islamic Sharia, which is the declaration's sole source. The CDHRI declares that "true religion" to be the "guarantee for enhancing such dignity along the path to human integrity". It also places the responsibility for defending those rights upon the entire Ummah, (the people).

The CDHRI has been criticized for being implemented by a set of states with gross human rights violations and disparate religious policies and practices that had "a shared interest in disarming international criticism of their domestic human rights record."

Article 24 of the declaration states: "All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Sharia." Article 19 also says: "There shall be no crime or punishment except as provided for in the Sharia." This qualification completely negates the very principle of natural rights of man.

The CDHRI has been criticized for failing to guarantee freedom of religion, in particular the right of each and every individual to change their religion, as a "fundamental and non-negotiable right".

In a joint written statement submitted by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, the Association for World Education (AWE) and the Association of World Citizens (AWC), a number of concerns were raised that the CDHRI limits human rights, religious freedom, and freedom of expression. The statement concludes, "The Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam is clearly an
attempt to limit the rights enshrined in the UDHR and the International Covenants. It can in no sense be seen as complementary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

The Centre for Inquiry in September 2008 in an article to the United Nations writes that the CDHRI "undermines equality of persons and freedom of expression and religion by imposing restrictions on nearly every human right based on Islamic Sharia law." Rhona Smith writes that because the CDHRI's reference to Sharia implies an inherent degree of superiority of men over women.

Adama Dieng, a member of the International Commission of Jurists, criticized the CDHRI. He argued that the declaration gravely threatens the inter-cultural consensus on which the international human rights instruments are based; that it introduces intolerable discrimination against non-Muslims and women. He further argued that the CDHRI reveals a deliberately restrictive character in regard to certain fundamental rights and freedoms, to the point that certain essential provisions are below the legal standards in effect in a number of Muslim countries; it uses the cover of the "Islamic Shari Law" to justify the legitimacy of practices, such as corporal punishment, which attack the integrity and dignity of the human being.

We, the people of Iran are left with no alternative but to categorically reject the Islamic Republic Constitution and seek the establishment of a new secular constitution that is based on the common and civil laws and that guarantees the separation of religion from the state. This is the only solution to make sure that our fundamental human rights as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are protected and respected and open the way to build a civilized society and bring to an end to our miserable lives under the Mullah’s regime in Iran. The international community and 5+1 in particular are urged to utilize the current economic sanctions to force the Khamnei’s regime to dissolve the current Islamist constitution and allow the secular opposition parties to form a new government and start working on a new secular constitution. This is the only solution to end the nuclear deadlock because a democratic Iran will not pursue nuclear weapons and will bring about peace and stability to the region.

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