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The New President and the Human Rights Crisis

July 14th 2013 was an important day in Iran. The presidential election in Iran was held even though two of the candidates from the previous presidential election, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, are currently under house arrest. The people who have objected to the results of the previous election and consider them fraudulent have also paid a heavy price during these past years. Their civil protests in the streets were suppressed with a harshness rarely seen before. Many were detained and some even were killed by security forces. A police state dominated the country and participation in the political process was impossible. The opposition forces had two choices to break the atmosphere: Seyyed Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. These two men were thought to be able to pass the filtering of the Guardian Council and receive popular support. Khatami’s analysis of the situation was that he would not be able to accomplish anything in the present atmosphere and Hashemi ran even though he is almost 80 years old. Few thought that the Guardian Council would reject Hashemi’s qualifications for presidential candidacy as he had had a major role in the founding of the Islamic Republic (IR) regime and has held posts in very high offices. As of today, he is the head of the Expediency Discernment Council, which is in charge of setting the regime’s macro-policies. However, the Guardian Council disqualified him from running in the election. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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