Officials Should Stop Denying the Existence of Political Prisoners: Families Outraged at Javad Larijani’s Fallacious Remarks
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
14-Jul-2012 (one comment)
Iranian officials should cease spreading lies and disinformation about the existence of political prisoners as they are simultaneously imprisoning hundreds for exercising their legal rights, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. ... On July 8, 2012, head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Javad Larijani publicly denied the existence of political prisoners in Iran. ... Despite Larijani’s remark, Iran currently imprisons hundreds of people on politically motivated charges. ... “Larijani has an infamous record of disinformation and outright lies,” said Hadi Ghaemi, spokesperson for the Campaign. “His latest uttering adds insult to injury—it is an outrage for the hundreds of suffering political prisoners and their families,” he added. ... Larijani also denied mistreatment of any prisoners. ... Larijani has a long history of denying well-documented human rights abuses in Iran, both in the media and in international forums like the UN. ... “It is high time for Larijani and his brother Sadeq Larijani, who heads the Judiciary, to be held accountable as two of the figures leading and justifying the current repression,” Ghaemi said. >>>

"A bracing intellectual experience & a lot of fun"

by maghshoosh on

Flynt & Hillary Leverett informed their readers in 11/11 that "From a Western frame of reference, one might describe him [Javad Larijani] as a “Renaissance man”, but that strikes us as too limited a label for him. ... He is also well-schooled in Western philosophy and political theory; while talking about the Islamic Republic’s ongoing project to construct a democratic system grounded not in Western liberalism but in “Islamic rationality”, he can make very astute references to David Hume, John Stuart Mill, and other prominent Western liberal thinkers. ... In short, it is a bracing intellectual experience (and a lot of fun) to talk with him."

The Leveretts, however, forgot to mention that, as a "Renaissance man," Javad Joseph Goebbelijani also has extensive experience in family farming, as quoted here, "For more than three decades, Javad Larijani has held high positions within the Iranian government in which he has categorically denied well-documented human rights abuses, positions which have brought him immeasurable power and raised questions about his wealth. On July 8, 2012, Larijani publicly denied the existence of political prisoners in Iran in an interview with ISNA. In the same interview, when asked about accusations of illegal land-grabbing and allegedly fraudulent agricultural loans, he replied, “I am proud to be a farmer and a rancher. Agriculture is a tradition in our family.”"