CAN WE LIVE WITH A NUCLEAR IRAN?

Human Rights Abuses
Political Repression

"Scores if not hundreds of Iranians continued to flee the country in fear for their safety because of the high levels of repression by the authorities."—Amnesty International, 2011[1]

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Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, "IR Leader Receives Researchers on Mahdism," July 9, 2011

http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/?p=contentShow&id=8307
Amnesty International, "We Are Ordered to Crush You: Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran," 2012

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/002/2012/en/2b228705-dfba-4408-a04b-8ab887988881/mde130022012en.pdf
Amnesty International, "Iran Executions send a chilling message," March 30, 2010

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/iran-executions-send-chilling-message-2010-03-30
AP, "'Ahmadinejad has humiliated Iran,'" Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2010

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=176134
Hands Off the People of Iran, "Students beaten, tortured, raped and killed in Iran – Statement of surviving students arrested in Tehran University Dormitory," June 20, 2009

http://hopinewsfromiran.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/students-beaten-tortured-raped-and-killed-in-iran-statement-of-surviving-students-arrested-in-tehran-university-dormitory
Nassar Karimi, "Iran Sentences Five to Death in Post-election Turmoil," AP, November 17, 2009

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9C1F5780&show_article=1
Will Yong and Michael Slackman, "Across Iran, Anger Lies Behind Face of Calm," New York Times, June 11, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/world/middleeast/12iran.html
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, "Summonses, Arrests, and Heavy Sentences In Tehran," June 17, 2010

http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/06/summons-arrests-sentences
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, "Summonses, Arrests, and Heavy Sentences In Tehran," June 17, 2010

http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/06/summons-arrests-sentences
Iran violates basic civil and human rights

"[O]n December 26, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution denouncing the serious human rights abuses occurring in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including torture, cruel and degrading treatment in detention, the targeting of human rights defenders, violence against women, and 'the systematic and serious restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly' as well as severe restrictions on the rights to 'freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief'"—U.S. Senate Resolution 380, 2012[1]

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Congressional Record, "SENATE RESOLUTION 380--TO EXPRESS THE SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY" February 16, 2012

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r112:S16FE2-0044:/
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Persecution of Women

"Women faced continuing discrimination in law and practice; those campaigning for women's rights were targeted for state repression"—Amnesty International, 2011[1]

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Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
UN Human Rights Council, "Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions," May 29, 2009

http://www.extrajudicialexecutions.org/application/media/Country%20Communications%202009%20(A_HRC_11_2_Add_1).pdf, p. 230
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
IOL News, "Iran raises age of consent for brides to 13," June 23, 2002

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/iran-raises-age-of-consent-for-brides-to-13-1.88521
Hugh Sykes, "Iranian women battle the system," BBC, September 5, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7600670.stm
Jayshree Bajoria, "Why Human Rights In Iran Are Getting Worse-and What To Do About It," The Atlantic, November 2, 2011

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/11/why-human-rights-in-iran-are-getting-worse-and-what-to-do-about-it/247723
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Persecution of the LGBT Community

"For years, Iranian authorities have committed atrocities against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, incited violence by others, and refused to admit that LGBT Iranians exist,"— Hossein Alizadeh, regional coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa at the IGLHRC (a U.N. agency), 2011[1]

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IGLHRC, "Advancing LGBT Human Rights in Iran: A Historic Moment," November 4, 2011, at IGLHRC, "Advancing LGBT Human Rights in Iran: A Historic Moment," November 4, 2011

http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/pressroom/pressrelease/1453.html
IGLHRC, "Advancing LGBT Human Rights in Iran: A Historic Moment," November 4, 2011, at IGLHRC, "Advancing LGBT Human Rights in Iran: A Historic Moment," November 4, 2011

http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/pressroom/pressrelease/1453.html
BBC News, "Gay Iranian Deportation Review," March 13, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7294908.stm
Amnesty International, "We Are Ordered to Crush You: Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran," 2012

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/002/2012/en/2b228705-dfba-4408-a04b-8ab887988881/mde130022012en.pdf
As Protestors Jeer, Iran Denies It Wants Nuclear Weapons," Guardian, September 25, 2007

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/sep/25/iran.usa
Child Execution and Exploitation

"Iran is one of the only countries that still imposes the death penalty on juvenile offenders."—Amnesty International, 2011[1]

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Amnesty International, "Sharp rise in public executions as Iran executes first juvenile offenders in 2011," April 27, 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/sharp-rise-public-executions-iran-executes-first-juvenile-offenders-2011-2011-04-27
Amnesty International, "Sharp rise in public executions as Iran executes first juvenile offenders in 2011," April 27, 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/sharp-rise-public-executions-iran-executes-first-juvenile-offenders-2011-2011-04-27
Amnesty International, "Delara Darabi executed in Iran," May 1, 2009

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/delara-darabi-executed-iran-20090501
"Urgent Call for International Pressure to Stop Wave of Child Executions," International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, October 18, 2009

http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2009/10/stopchildexecutions/
UN Human Rights Council, "Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions," May 29, 2009

http://www.extrajudicialexecutions.org/application/media/Country%20Communications%202009%20(A_HRC_11_2_Add_1).pdf, p. 209
Matthias Kuntzel, "Ahmadinejad's Demons," New Republic, April 24, 2006

http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/ahmadinejads-demons
Dave Siavashi, "Brainwashing Children: Basij militia to be established in 6,000 elementary schools," Iran News Now, November 12, 2009

http://www.irannewsnow.com/2009/11/brainwashing-children-basij-militia-to-be-established-in-6000-elementary-schools
Dave Siavashi, "Brainwashing Children: Basij militia to be established in 6,000 elementary schools," Iran News Now, November 12, 2009

http://www.irannewsnow.com/2009/11/brainwashing-children-basij-militia-to-be-established-in-6000-elementary-schools
Dave Siavashi, "Brainwashing Children: Basij militia to be established in 6,000 elementary schools," Iran News Now, November 12, 2009

http://www.irannewsnow.com/2009/11/brainwashing-children-basij-militia-to-be-established-in-6000-elementary-schools
Persecution of Ethnic Minorities

"Iran's ethnic minority communities, including Ahwazi Arabs, Azerbaijanis, Baluch, Kurds and Turkmen, suffered ongoing systematic discrimination in law and practice. The use of minority languages in schools and government offices continued to be prohibited."—Amnesty International, 2011[1]

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Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
U.S. Government State Department, "Minorities Persecuted In Iran," Voice of America News, June 2009

http://www1.voanews.com/policy/editorials/a-41-2006-09-21-voa1-83107787.html
Gabriel Glickman, "Persecution, Tension and Awakening in Northern Iran," Henry Jackson Society, July 13, 2006

http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories.asp?id=343
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Nir Boms and Roee Nahmias, "Middle East transfer: The continuing Iranian persecution of its Ahwazi Arab population," Henry Jackson Society, September 6, 2007

http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories.asp?id=366
Daniel Brett, "Iran's Occupied Territories," Henry Jackson Society, April 16, 2008

http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories.asp?id=597
British Ahwazi Friendship Society, "Rape: Iran's weapon against Arab women," Oct. 24, 2009

http://www.ahwaz.org.uk/2009/10/rape-irans-weapon-against-arab-women.html
Amnesty International, "We Are Ordered to Crush You: Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran," 2012

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/002/2012/en/2b228705-dfba-4408-a04b-8ab887988881/mde130022012en.pdf
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Voice of America, "Persecution of Kurdish Iranians," February 18, 2010

http://www1.voanews.com/a-41-2009-01-13-voa1-84650877.html
Dave Siavashi, "Brainwashing Children: Basij militia to be established in 6,000 elementary schools," Iran News Now, November 12, 2009

http://www.irannewsnow.com/2009/11/brainwashing-children-basij-militia-to-be-established-in-6000-elementary-schools
Abubakar Siddique, "Pakistan/Iran: The Baluchi Minority's 'Forgotten Conflict," Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, October 25, 2007

http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1079022.html
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Persecution of Religious Minorities

"Members of religious minorities, including Christian converts, Sunni Muslims, dissident Shi'a clerics, and the Ahl-e Haq and Dervish communities, continued to suffer discrimination, harassment, arbitrary detention, and attacks on community property. Members of the Baha'i community, who remained unable to access higher education, faced increased persecution."—Amnesty International, 2011[1]

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Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
The Baha'is of the United States, "Persecution of Baha'is in Iran," n.d.

http://iran.bahai.us
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
International Christian Concern, "Iran," Persecution.org, n.d.

http://www.persecution.org/awareness/persecuted-countries/iran/
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Amnesty International, "We Are Ordered to Crush You: Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran," 2012

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/002/2012/en/2b228705-dfba-4408-a04b-8ab887988881/mde130022012en.pdf
Amnesty International, "Annual Report 2011," 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/iran/report-2011
Ethel C. Fenig, "Again, religious persecution in Iran," Free Republic, February 20, 2009

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2237138/posts