Iran's Horrific Human-Rights Record

(Daily Beast) Senators Mark Kirk and Marco Rubio - The world is rightly focused on Iran's growing nuclear threat and the regime's destabilizing support for international terrorism. Yet Iran's state of injustice - the regime's systematic human rights abuses and suppression of the Iranian people's aspirations to be free - deserves equal attention. A new report by the UN blasts Iran's growing use of executions, with 687 in 2013 and already 411 in the first half of 2014. The regime in Tehran is disproportionately executing individuals from religious and ethnic minority groups. Iranian authorities are also continuing the "widespread and systematic use" of psychological and physical torture to obtain confessions. As the U.S. and its partners attempt to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran, we believe they must do more to back up growing attention to Iran's human rights violations with concrete actions to stop and reverse these abuses.

2014-11-12 00:00:00

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