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Iran's Basij Force Issues Report On Alleged Rights Abuses In U.S.

Young members of the Basij militia display their truncheons as they sit streetside and eat ice cream in an undated photo from Iran.
Young members of the Basij militia display their truncheons as they sit streetside and eat ice cream in an undated photo from Iran.
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Iran's paramilitary Basij force has published a report about the human rights situation in the United States.

The report has been issued in Persian, English, and Arabic.

The Basij force, which has been accused of brutality and involvement in state repression against opposition activists in Iran, says the United States is "one of the main violators of human rights."

"As soon as we all hear the phrase 'human rights,' the painful memories of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and Bagram prisons remind us of the human rights violations committed by the U.S. government," the report says.

The paper goes on to say: "However, these violations are not limited to the violent incidents after 9/11. The United States, which has presented itself as the sole protector of humanity and for that claim threatens and even attacks other countries, is violating human rights inside its own borders in terms of torture of prisoners, police brutality, and racial discrimination."

The report has several sections that include the situation of detainees, the violation of online privacy, and death sentences.

The face of a masked Basij member during a paramilitary forces parade (file photo)The face of a masked Basij member during a paramilitary forces parade (file photo)
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The face of a masked Basij member during a paramilitary forces parade (file photo)
The face of a masked Basij member during a paramilitary forces parade (file photo)
The hard-line Fars news agency, which is said to have ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), says Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naghdi; the head of the judiciary's human rights commission, Mohammad Javad Larijani; and senior lawmaker Alaedin Borujerdi were among officials present at the unveiling of the of the report, which took place at Tehran University.

The report appears to be a tit-for-tat move for criticism of the human rights situation in Iran by the United States. It comes amid criticism by hard-liners in the Islamic republic of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, which includes the United States. Hard-liners have in recent months gone to great lengths to demonstrate that despite talks over the nuclear issue, the United States remains Iran's enemy.

Iranian officials often reject criticism of the human rights abuses in the country by rights groups and other countries as interference in Iran's internal affairs.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 28, 2014 11:07
I suggest that the Ukrainian govt would contact the govt of Iran and ask the latter to send a few Basij detachments to Kiev: those guys would calm the situation on the Euromaidan within a few hours :-)).
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by: Ivan from: Santa Cruz, CA
January 28, 2014 20:41
Eugenio, we all know you are more in support of dropping barrel bombs out of helicopters as a method of silencing the opposition.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 29, 2014 09:33
Well, dear Ivan, I am of course not as humane in this respect as the govt of the United States: those guys prefer to torture and force-feed people in Guantanamo, to bomb Afghan women and children with their drones and to spy on everyone through the NSA. All of the above, obviously, in order to promote freedom and democratic values :-).
So, given the fact that the demonstrators on the Euromaidan apparently believe in the same "values" as the govt of the United States, I certainly think that in order to neutralize the latter criminal organization (the US govt) here in the center of Europe, a few decisive measures would not hurt.
At the same time, you know, Ivan, right now it seems like the troika of "leaders" of the "protest" is already engaged in a negotiation process with the pro-Russian govt of Ukraine, which will most probably result in some sort of redistribution of ministries among the Party of Regions and the troika, whereas the guys on the Square will feel like they have been had once again and that they have spent this winter on the fresh air for absolutely nothing (except for that fresh air and physical excersice - such as throwig stones - are certainly good for health) :-)).

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