Iran’s Election Promises: Slaughter, Imprisonment, Torture, and Oppression

While the world is understandably preoccupied with the slaughter of innocents in Syria — and when addressing Iran is concerned primarily with its nuclear threat — a massive domestic repression has been passing quietly under the international radar screen, and will have a prejudicial impact upon the Iranian parliamentary elections today.

Simply put, we have been witnessing a state-sanctioned assault on the human rights of the Iranian people — the imprisonment and silencing of all opposition in the run-up to the Iranian election today that are constitutive of crimes against humanity. There have been arrests, beatings, torture, detentions, kidnappings, disappearances, and executions — indeed, an execution binge even by Iran’s wanton standards: A place with already with the highest rate of executions in the world has executed more than 60 people in January 2012 alone.

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