Information about the Iranian regime
Islamic claim for world dominance and international terrorism
The Islamic Republic of Iran is characterized by an apocalyptic world view that is oriented to life after death. The Ayatollah Khomeini, who led the Iranian Revolution, explained that "the natural world is the lowest element, the scum of creation." Iran has made an international claim to global dominance. Khomeini, whose words are considered to be valid in Iran even today, said "We will export our revolution throughout the world [because our revolution is Islamic and universal]... until the calls 'there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah' are echoed all over the world." The constitution of the "Islamic Republic" talks of a "revolutionary foreign policy". The regime supports terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and has committed numerous murders of its opposition in Europe, such as the assassination of the General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, Abdulrahman Ghassemlou. Also today, the U.S. State Department calls Iran "the world's biggest state sponsor of Islamist terrorism".
Anti-Semitism is a constitutional element of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Khomeini already pointed out that "Since its inception, the Islamic movement has been afflicted with the Jews. They have established anti-Islamic propaganda and joined in various stratagems, and as you can see, this activity continues down to our present day."
The annihilation threats against Israel were not simply one of the quirks of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, predecessor of current President Hassan Rouhani. These threats have been on the official agenda of the Iranian theocracy since 1979.
It was Ayatollah Khomeini who introduced "Quds Day" right after the revolution to be held annually to rally worldwide for the destruction of Israel. Even ex-President Khatami, who is always treated as a moderate in the West, was and is a supporter of an eliminatory anti-Zionism. He defended French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy when he was accused [of Holocaust denial and racial defamation] in France in 1998. Khatami regularly calls Zionism a "continuation of fascism" and "the greatest manifestation of international terrorism". Alleged "moderate" Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani speculated about dropping a nuclear bomb on Tel Aviv. In 2012, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei referred to Israel as "cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut."
And also new President Hassan Rouhani called Israel a "wretched regime", an "old wound on the body of the Muslim world" and the "great Zionist satan."
In March 2014 Khamenei denied the Holocaust on his twitter account: "Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it's uncertain how it has happened." And after the Iran nuclear deal of July 2015, Khamenei wrote in his new book "Palestine": The "infected cancer" Israel must be destroyed, the world be brought under Islamic rule and Jerusalem be "liberated" from Jews.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is the country that has the largest rate of executions in the world in relation to its population. In absolute numbers Iran is the country in which the most minors were executed, and in the total number of victims it ranked at Number Two behind China with regard to executed death sentences. In March 2014 UN-Chief Ban Ki-moon gave a concerned response to the rising number of executions and rebuked President Hassan Rouhani for his human rights failures, stating that "the new government has not changed its approach". Rouhani's predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regularly explained that cleansing society of critics, immoral and licentious youths, drug dealers and alcohol distillers is essential to the return to pure Islam.From Rouhani's election in June 2013 until September 2015 at least 1500 people have been killed, among them political prisoners, human rights activists and members of ethnic minorities like the Kurds. In the first half of 2015 app. 700 people were executed, according to Amnesty International - a new sad record.
Persecution of gays and lesbians
According to Paragraph 110 of the Sharia, the body of Islamic law that has been in effect under the Ayatollah Khomeini since the 1979 revolution and is the foundation of the Iranian penal code, the punishment for homosexual acts is death. This is also regularly implemented. Ex-President Mohammad Khatami, who is always described in Europe as being a moderate, defended the application of the death penalty for homosexuality on September 10, 2006 at an event at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Since President Rouhani took office in 2013, two homosexual men were executed for "perversion" in Rasht at the beginning of March 2014 and 2 men for "sodomy" in August 2014. Human rights organizations say that at least 4,000 homosexuals have apparently been executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979.
Suppression of women's rights
One of the foundations of the Islamic Republic of Iran is absolute decision-making power over relations between the sexes. The regime's sexual animosity manifests itself in the obligation to wear a veil, among other things. This concealment of a woman is supposed to protect the man from female sexual temptations. Men are authorized to hit any women who act un-Islamic. Adultery and premarital sex are punishable by stoning according to the Iranian penal code. Women who are improperly veiled are primarily the victims of extensive campaigns to "Reclaim Morality." During these campaigns ten thousands of women were arrested for violating Islamic dress codes. Intensified crack-downs on women violating the Islamic dress code are also currently being reported after Hassan Rouhani took over presidency in August 2013.
Persecution of Bahai
Historically the Bahai religion derives from Shiite Islam and is thus regarded as a contradiction to the "Velayat-e faqih" (rule of the Islamic clergy) principle of the "Islamic Republic" since 1979. According to this principle, the clergy controls politics in place of the twelfth Imam. The Bahai are not recognized as a protected religious minority in the "Islamic Republic". Until 1981 all places of worship of the Bahai were destroyed, cemeteries and hospitals shut down. The elected Bahai leadership was executed. Until today Bahai have been denied access to higher education. Students and teachers were removed, posessions confiscated, shops closed down. Pogroms and lootings were taking place. Bahai were forced to convert to Islam. Until today an estimated 10.000 Bahai have fled the country. Members of the Bahai community are generally stigmatized as spies for Israel, a fabrication that derives from the fact that the religious center of the Bahai religion today is located in Haifa, Israel.
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