Iran: A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary defended the flogging of students.
Iranian state media reported, on Thursday, June 2, that the Iranian judiciary defended an incident in which student were flogged to taking part in a mixed gender graduation party.
A news agency affiliated with the Iranian revolutionary guard corps’ Quds force reported that Mullah Gholamhossen Eje’I, the First Deputy and Spokesman of the Judiciary said in a statement that the punishment is legal and flogging was perfectly in line with what the law stipulates and that protests being held in contempt of the sentence had no basis.
Eje’I’s response to the incident pointed back to the talking points playbook frequently utilized by the regime to dismiss and punish activism and reformist journalism, suggesting that such social trends have a foreign source and are not in line with the regimes dictatorial ideology.
“There are indications that not all of the participants were aware of the real driving force, and that these parties are being led from other places,” he said.
Only a week previously, on may 25, the Iranian regimes forces raided a party following a graduation ceremony where 35 young men and women were arrested and received the same sentencing, the arrestees were sentenced to 99 lashes carried out by the “Moral Security Police”
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein outraged by the sentencing said in a statement: “We condemn the outrageous flogging of up to 35 young men and women in Iran last week, after they were caught holding a graduation party together in Qazvin, north of Tehran,”
In a press briefing concerning the incidents UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said: “Flogging is prohibited under international human rights law, in particular the Convention against Torture. The UN Committee against Torture, the Human Rights Committee and UN Special Rapporteurs have repeatedly voiced serious concerns about States’ use of flogging, highlighting in particular its use against women, and have called for its abolition. For the authorities to have meted out this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment – which could amount to torture – is completely disproportionate and abhorrent,”