Four years has passed since Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani came to power. From the beginning of his presidency Iran has faced a major increase in human rights violations. Executions have escalated. Streets are scenes of public hangings. Secret executions where prisoners are sent to the gallows in mass numbers and groups have significantly increased. Prisons are scenes of beatings, torture, psychological pressure and also detainees being deprived of their most basic human rights. To protest prisoners went on hunger strike and risked their lives.
Crackdown patrols and arrests under the pretext of hijab, to official gender segregation in government entities and offices, and to the point of preventing women from attending sports stadiums. Religious minorities have in these two years been placed under the most intense pressures; being deprived of fundamental citizenship rights, right to education and right to life.
Human rights violations in Iran under Hassan Rouhani’s tenure have been the subject of precise and significant reports presented by UN official and human rights organizations, and Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Representative on Human Rights in Iran. These have been undeniable testimonies on the violation of the most basic human rights in Iran.
Organizations such as Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders have also warned about the dire human rights situation in Iran. The following book is a look at what has taken place regarding human rights violations in Iran during this period of two years after Rouhani came into power.