The Islamic Republic of
Torture, Rape & Murder
January 29, 2010
in prison is a cruel invasion of the helpless victim. In addition to its
physical torment and transmission of sexual diseases, rape reduces the
victim to a subhuman status—an object for the use of others to be
discarded when no longer desired. Most civilized countries sternly guard
against rapes and sexual assaults in prison, although with less than
complete success. Under the barbaric rule of the Mullahcracy in Iran,
sexual assaults have become
instruments of policy for extracting false confessions, satisfying
the boundless sadisms and sexual perversities of the jailers, punishing
the helpless victim and leaving him with the sense of dehumanization.
shockingly repugnant form of violating the human person, regrettably,
has become widespread in
the Islamic Republic of Iran’s prisons particularly in dealing with
the young men and women arrested for the "crime” of peacefully
demonstrating in the streets to demand accountability from the
government for a raft of violations it has committed and continues to
the past 32-years, the
Islamic Republic of Iran has been denying and violating a long-suffering
people of all its human rights. They are guilty of beating, torturing,
raping, and killing of prisoners of conscience—political, religious,
intellectuals, artists and others.
Women, chronically oppressed and disenfranchised from their basic human
and family rights, have been the ones who have been most viciously
treated by the Islamic system and its hired plain clothes and the Basij
members. To maintain its suffocating rule, the regime metes out
punishments reminiscent of the worst in the annals of human history.
Amputation of hands and feet, blinding of eyes, hanging, and stoning the
victim after the quick formality of a trial in kangaroo courts without
legal representation is common-place under the terror rule of the
Islamic Republic has been violating all norms of international human
rights including: very harsh penalties for even "victimless
crimes" such as fornication, beatings of Iranian citizens for
expressing their views in public places, homosexuality, apostasy, and
poor hijab (covering of the women).
record of infamy of the Islamic Republic is replete with instances of
child execution, restrictions on freedom of speech and the press,
imprisonment of journalists, discrimination against women in general,
persecution of religious minorities with a particular systematic program
of genocide against the Baha’is and the
Baha’i religion. The regime has ruled
over a peaceful people with an iron fist while committing the most
heinous crimes against humanity.
enduring more than three decades of the Islamic regime, the great
majority of the Iranian people decided to cast their ballots in the hope
of affecting change in the system. The Islamic government completely
accustomed to doing whatever it wished and ignoring the people, stole
the election and declared the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the
winner. The blatant violation of this basic right to vote and choose the
official infuriated the long-suffering masses who poured into the
streets by the millions, demanding their votes be honored. The response
of the regime was beating the demonstrators, arresting many and
subjecting a great number to a raft of harsh treatments in prisons.
letter addressed to Mr. Rafsanjani in his capacity as head of the
Assembly of Experts, Mr. Karroubi, a former speaker of the Majlis
(Parliament), demanded an immediate investigation into the reports that
a number of detainees had been raped during the illegal incarceration.
Karroubi wrote, "Some of those arrested [as a result] of the unrest
claim that detained girls have been sexually assaulted with...
young men in detention were also sexually assaulted in such a way that
some are now suffering from depression and other physical and
psychological problems, and are incapable of even leaving their homes,"
he added. "A number of detainees have stated that some
female detainees were so severely raped that their genitals were
damaged. Others savagely raped young boys so that they suffer from all
sorts of depression and serious physical and mental damage," Karroubi
said in a letter.
Human Rights Watch also has
documented cases of sexual assault in the Islamic republic prisons on
individuals arrested since the fraudulent June 12, 2009 presidential
election. In the most recent case, the medical examiner's office
confirmed the injuries suffered in prison by
Ebrahim Mehtari, a young activist, resulted from torture and
mistreatment consistent with his allegations of sexual abuse. But the
Islamic Republic Judiciary authorities refused to conduct further
inquiries and instead threatened Mehtari and his family with severe
repercussions if they ever open their mouths regarding the sexual abuse.
Mr. Mehtari is living
outside of Iran now. After his departure from Iran, the regime’s
security forces raided his family's house several times and threatened
his family members with punishments if their son ever talked about the
abuses he has received.
Another young activist,
Ebrahim Sharifi, a very
brave young man who was arrested on
June 23, after the fraudulent presidential elections in Iran. He
told the Human Rights Watch group that he had been raped in detention
while he was handcuffed, blindfolded and his feet were tied, and that he
had attempted suicide several times after his release. He said that
judiciary officials had refused to accept his complaint and told him
that if he spoke out about his case his family would be in danger.
The third case involved is
Maryam Sabri, a beautiful 21-year old girl, who was arrested on July
30th during the commemoration of the 40th day after the killing of
Neda Agha Sultan- whose shooting death during a demonstration
shocked the entire world. Sabri was arrested after her photo appeared on
a website connected to the
IRGC that posted photos of protesters and asked people to identify
the people in the pictures so that they could be arrested. Before she
was released on August 12, Sabri says, she was raped four times by the
"On August 9, in a letter
published in the Etemad Melli paper, the reformist presidential
candidate Mehdi Karroubi wrote that some detained individuals stated
that some authorities have raped detained women with such force, they
have sustained injuries and tears in to their reproductive system."
another high profile case, a very pretty 19-year old
Taraneh was not shot with a single bullet to her chest as was the
Neda Agha Sultan There were no bystanders in the dungeon with a cell
phone to capture the
prolonged torture, rape, and sodomy of this teen-ager.
reports, as well as testimony on the House floor from the honorable
U.S. Congressman McCotter, on June 28, 2009, Taraneh Mousavi, a
young Iranian woman, was literally scooped off the streets without any
provocation on her part and with no arrest warrant. This young woman was
taken to one of the regime’s torture chambers where she was repeatedly
brutalized, raped, and sodomized by Ahmadinejad’s agents and with the
consent of the "supreme leader” Ali Khamenei.
death from repeated beating, raping and sodomizing, the fragile young
woman, bleeding profusely from her rectum and womb, was transferred to a
hospital in Karaj near Tehran. Eventually, an anonymous person notified
Taraneh’s family that she had had an "accident” and had been to be taken
to the hospital.
devastated family rushed to the hospital only to find no trace of their
beloved daughter because the foot-soldiers of Allah’s "divine
representative” Ali Khamenei decided to eliminate all traces of their
savagery. These vile people decided to remove the dying woman from the
hospital before the family’s arrival, burned her beyond recognition and
dumped her charred remains on the side of the road.
Neda, another young woman whose chest was
ripped by the bullet of a murdering Basij member as she peacefully
walked along with a throng of peaceful demonstrators, Taraneh’s tragedy
gives a glimpse of the true face of Islamic fascism and its brutality.
The Taranehs and Nedas of Iran shall remain as eternal testaments to the
depravity of the 7th century primitive system and the horrors it has
visited on innocent people. And these young victims of the IRI tyranny
are by no means isolated cases. Tragically, women as a gender bear the
brunt of Islamic misogyny. Women are systematically exploited,
maltreated and disenfranchised from their God-given rights.
A regime that subjects its own people to boundless viciousness is
showing the world its willingness to commit any crime to intimidate
others and to undertake any action that would keep it in power. The
Islamic Republic of Iran represents devastation and death if not
immediately disempowered by all people and nations that value the
Universal Human Rights for all. It is timely to bring to mind the
warning of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Injustice anywhere is a
threat to justice everywhere. The Islamic Republic of Iran is indeed a
miscarriage of justice, a cruel repressive rule, and an imminent threat
not only to Iranians but to the world at large.
About Amil Imani
Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, poet,
novelist, essayist, literary translator, public speaker, political
analyst and a pro-democracy activist who has been writing and speaking
out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and
internationally. He has become a formidable voice in America against
Islamic terrorism as well as for the struggling people of his native
land of Iran. Imani has been educating Americans regarding the danger of
radical Islam, and has encouraged democracy for Iran and helping the
Iranian people. His numerous articles about radical Islam have been
published in many newspapers and magazines around the world as well as
in thousands of Internet magazines, websites and blogs. Imani's writings
can be found on his website
Amilimani.com. He is a regular
go-to-guy on the Iranian issues on BBC World News. He is also 2010
honoree of EMET: "the Speaker of the Truth Award" at the Capitol Hill.
Imani is the author of the smashing book "Obama