Human rights is exactly a political issue for Iran, because the violations of human rights in Iran are basically not done extra judicially and are done *within* the law and are legitimized by the state ideology.  Islam is not a religion for Iran, it is *the state ideology* and the human rights violations, such as "stoning", "Qessas" (e.g. cutting of hands), killing of mortads (heretics) and killing of homosexuals are being done based on religious decrees of the state ideology of Iran.


Human Rights has become a cornerstone to address the retrogressive reality of Islamic Republic of Iran: A regime which is presenting a backward theocratic state structure in the world of 21st Century.


The mistake that lobbyists make is that they think the violations of human rights in Iran are like those of a repressive regime such as the Shah's regime or Pinoche of the past. Such regimes were violating human rights by extralegal efforts.  In an ideological state like Iran, where the state ideology prescribes actions like stoning as *legitimate*, one is not basically dealing with violations of human rights that are outside the law.  Thus the ones opposing such violations of human rights, have to oppose the law of the land, and therefore the call for human rights becomes a political action.


In no other system, the political reality of human rights is so true, as in the case of Iran's Islamic Republic.  The advocates of de-politicization of human rights in Iran are either ignorant, or are intentionally working hard to whitewash one of the most brutal violations of human rights in the recent history under the banner of supporting the so-called "de-politicized human rights" for Iran.


Sam Ghandchi, Publisher


September 22, 2000



* The above article was first posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup on September 22, 2000



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