IN PARIS :
will Mr. Hollande talk about the 63 women executed by hanging ?
Published January 27,2016
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rohani, will be received at the Elysée on January 28, to sign a contract for the purchase of 114 Airbus.
Under the presidence of Hassan Rohani , a man who likes to describe himself as a moderate muslim, 63 women have been executed between September 10, 2013 and January 2016, on a total of 2 166.
This is what Iranian women have to live through under the Rohani presidence, as their situation continues to deteriorate.
Iran has the lowest rate of women in the work force and the lowest income for women in the area (according to the World Economic Forum).
The laws of the Republic of Iran (including the Revised Islamic Penal Code) allow sexual discriminations between the sexes and promote violence against women (according to the General Secretary of UN in his report of March 2014).
Only 14,5% of the female population is economically active. A husband can prevent his wife from working, accepting a position or practicing a profession. Iranian women can’t travel, work nor attend a university without their husbands’ permission. In the Revised Islamic Penal Code, the life of a woman is worth half a man’s, in particular in the case of testimony in a court of justice.
Article 638 of the Islamic Penal Code specifies that « women who appear in public without a hijab will be sentenced to 10 days to 2 months in jail or a fine in the amount of 50 000 to 500 000 rials ».
Assaults are provoked by imams who falsely denounce women for not wearing the hijab properly, thus leading to horrible acid attacks against them. The same article authorizes judges to sentence anyone who does not observe the sharia to 74 lashes.
Violence against women has been institutionalized in Iran. A government organisation in charge of the « promotion of virtue and the prohibition of vice » uses force and resort to a special police to stop women in the streets, harassing and arresting them routinely.
Women are sentenced to lashing (for instance for partial or total non-conformity with hijab laws, or for having touched a man’s skin—like Leila Hatami who was kissed on the cheek by Gilles Jacob during the Cannes Festival).
The Iranian Civil Code (article 1 401) provides that girls can be married at 13, but with the autorisation of an islamic court, they can be married at 9 (article 1210) (Report of the General Secretary of the UN, March 2014) .
In its article 27, the bill about the Protection of youth, passed by the Iranian Parliament in September 2013 under the Rohani administration and implemented on October 23d, 2013, allows marriage between the legal guardian of the child and the child as soon as she has reached « maturity » (9 year old according to the Iranian law). Concretely, it means that a girl can be adopted for shady reasons and can be forced to marry her adoptive father when she reaches the age of 9. The Republic of Iran has legalized paedophilia.
Although , under sharia law, older women and girls under 9 don’t have to wear the hijab, the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran force girls to wear it from age 7.
Iran holds the record for the highest number of executions of minors—according to the UN special report : « In 2014, 8 individuals supposed to be under 18 at the time of their crimes may have been executed » (Report August 2014).
Spectacular hangings from cranes on public squares have been the way the Mollahs’ regime has put the fear of God in its people.
On December 17, 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution condamning firmly the brutal and systematic violations of Human Rights in Iran, in particular the numerous and arbitrary executions and the discriminations against women and against ethnic and religious minorities. It’s the 62d time that the UN passes a resolution condamning Human Rights violations by the mollahs’ regime.
We must express our solidarity to our Iranian sisters who are deprived of their most fundamental rights.
We must demand that the exchanges between Iran and France be conditionned upon the improvement of the situation of women’s rights and ending these executions.
The President of France has declared that « France is opposed to the death penalty » and that « the freedom and the dignity of women are not just a one day committment, nor even of a year’s, it’s part of any mandate held in the name of the people ».
We demand that promises be kept and that the respect of our republican principles comes first, before the normalization of our relations with a State which is neither « normal » nor « moderate ».
A democratic State like France should support the Iranian democrats who risk their life daily in their fight for democracy.
France would honor itself by refusing to endorse a regime which tortures, kills, stones, lashes and burns women with acid.
« Death penalty is the eternal and special sign of barbarity » Victor Hugo