On May 1, Mohammad-Javad Larijani — head of the human rights council in Iran’s judiciary — participated in a conference where he offered his analysis regarding Iranian penal laws, which he claims are being attacked and criticized by international human rights organizations.
He said that retaliation, the cutting off of hands and feet, the removal of a “defendant’s” eye, and even stoning were a very real part of Iranian judicial law:
The problem is that these Westerners go on and on about their own laws. The interpretation of laws in Iran is based on Islam and our constitution. We have made concessions to some of the international demands, but we have our own laws and we will carry them out as interpreted.
Speaking out against the Western rule of law with regards to Iran, Larijani added:
Westerners make a mockery of the partnership between a man and a woman as a family unit by saying that two men or two women, homosexuals, can live together as life partners; so based on this analysis, in the near future a human being will be also allowed to marry a cat.
Regarding marriage, Larijani maintained:
Westerners believe that the marriage between a man and a woman is an earthly contract and, if that contract is annulled, they either pay a penalty or they are released. But when we say that we are going to have someone stoned, it is supposedly against human rights. At the same time, these Westerners do not even speak out against a woman who cheats on her husband and produces an illegitimate child.
Larijani, who had previously claimed that the sentence of stoning is much lighter than actual execution because the “defendant can actually survive,” also said:
Retaliation and punishment are beautiful and necessary things. It’s a form of protection for the individual and civil rights of the people in a society. The executioner or the person carrying out the sentence is in fact very much a defender of human rights. One can say that there is humanity in the act of retaliation.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei also criticized the West last week for demeaning the value of women in their societies. He claimed that the Islamic regime of Iran has upheld the status of women, and that under Islam much attention is given to the role of women in society.
These two Iranian officials failed to mention that women in Iran are constantly attacked for not adhering to the Islamic hijab, or that thousands are in prison suffering torture, rape, and execution for seeking their rights. Just days ago, Iranian humanitarian and democracy activist Haleh Sahabi died after being severely beaten by Iranian security forces during her father’s funeral. Her body was immediately seized by Iranian authorities and her family forced to watch as they buried her that same night. No autopsy was allowed. Her father, also an activist, had been arrested several times in the past.
In spite of these atrocities, Iran was recently allowed to join the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Meanwhile, the West has done little to support women’s rights in Iran, or to support those bravely calling for freedom. How many more deaths like those of Haleh Sahabi and Neda Agha-Soltan (the student shot in cold blood on the streets of Tehran last year) will it take before the international community stands against the barbaric Islamic regime of Iran?
If Western leaders think there is still hope for negotiations with the radicals ruling Iran, they are gravely mistaken: if this is how they treat their own, imagine how they will treat those they consider infidels? The West should be reminded that the Islamists in Tehran believe in the rule of Allah and the establishment of an Islamic caliphate for the world, and hence they are pursuing the bomb. And they take their directions from the Quran:
(8:12) I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.