Iranian Human Rights Secretary General Defends Stoning

The Secretary General of the Iranian Human Rights Committee, Mohammad Javad Larijani, defended stoning as a proper form of punishment that is neither torture or incongruous punishment.

The Iranian Human Rights Leader says that stoning is not torture because sometimes the victim survives.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, in orange scarf, sits with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian officials at a human rights summit and US/Israel bash earlier this year. (EYE on the UN)

Iranian Human Rights Leader defended his country’s position on stoning.
“Women Living Under Muslim Laws” and Or Does It Explode reported:


10/10/2007: Secretary General of the Iranian Human Rights Committee declares stoning is neither torture nor an incongruous punishment. (ISNA / Meydaan)

“The secretary general of Iran’s Human Rights Committee, Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani (pictured) declared: The West has had an extensive Propaganda campaign against Iran on Human rights issues; most of which are caused by political incentives.

On the writ of stoning, Dr. Larijani added: Stoning is neither torture nor an incongruous punishment. He said that practically, stoning is no longer fulfilled in Iran and as for the case in Takistan, he said that it was caused by the personal mistake of the judge.

Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani stated that the human rights committee of Judiciary is composed of people of the highest political and administrative level with the headship of Ayatollah Shahroodi and membership of foreign, information, home secretary, judiciary, and enlightenment ministers and also with the cooperation of the head of constabulary, penitentiary and judicial organs…

Their reproofs are based on several considerations: they say stoning is not a punishment but a torture while we think the line between torture and punishment is imponderable. On the other hand they insist that the crime and the punishment are not in proportion with each other, and they do believe the punishment for adultery should not be that severe. In fact they don’t consider this atrocity as a crime at all and they wish to force this belief on us.

If we had execution as a punishment for adultery instead of stoning, they would again complain that the crime and the punishment are not in proportion with each other-but as you know in Islamic rules, stoning is in lower level than execution because in stoning the defendant has a chance to survive.

Besides, we think that the discrimination of insolence of adultery is not on Westerners but on the social norms within our country.

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