The international community continues to speak out against the human rights violations throughout Iran and other countries around the globe. The regime seems to use its power to stamp out any voices that question their authority, but even those that could negatively impact the financial arm of their military, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The IRGC controls a large portion of the ports, thus controlling imports and exports to a large degree. However, to combat the inflation and other issues of the country, Iranians are using Kurdish porters to bring goods across the border, thus providing items for the Iranian black market. The IRGC, in an attempt to thwart these porters, have taken to shooting them, often without warning. This was the case of Karim Mohammad Aminzadeh, who was shot on July 25 by security forces without prior warning. He later died from his wounds.
Flogging is also used as punishments in Iran for a variety of crimes. Three men who had been hired to frame a young man were sentenced to prison time, a public flogging, and ordered to pay a fine. Two other men, who had been charged with abduction, were also sentenced to prison, flogging, and the confiscation of their property.
Arbitrary arrests continue as Iran’s regime attempts to keep tight control over social media and clamp down on any signs of civil unrest or potential protests. The head of the Western Tehran Cyber Police announced the identification and arrest of a person for the charge of “blasphemy” and creating doubts with the intention of disrupting online public opinion. The “blasphemy” charge is frequency used to clamp down on freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
But any form of protest has the potential to bring down the security forces, even protests regarding unpaid wages or unsafe working conditions.
Fifteen workers from the Sugar Cane Factory were arrested by security forces, according to the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Factory Syndicate, which also called for their immediate release. These workers were arrested after protests, with security forces attacking their homes in the middle of the night.
The basic freedoms of the Iranian people have been suspended and suppressed to the point that journalists, editors, and even citizens wishing to speak out, risk imprisonment, fines, punishment, and even the death penalty for their activities. Even public concerts for members of the artistic community are being banned, impacting the cultural fabric of the nation. This regime has clearly grown paranoid and the resulting clampdowns reflect their fear of regime change.