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Human Rights: The Inhumane Regime of Iran

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Introduction
The Iranian regime is a theocratic state based on the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule). The authoritarian rulers of Iran violently clamp down on popular demands, including calls for greater personal freedoms and equality.
Freedom of assembly is effectively non-existent in Iran. That is why various social sectors are severely restricted and suppressed when they assembled to voice collective and basic demands. In this context, the Iranian people have increasingly called for the overthrow of the theocracy, believing it does not align with their democratic aspirations and inclination to join the international community as peaceful and responsible actors. In December 2017, people in more than 130 cities in all of Iran's provinces rose up against the regime in large numbers and demanded democratic change and separation of religion and state. The protestors were violently suppressed, with hundreds killed and thousands more jailed and tortured.
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China: Death sentence for Japanese man in drug case

Six people nabbed in a cross-border drug trafficking case in China, including one Japanese and two Koreans, have been given punishments ranging from life imprisonment to the death sentence.

Three of the six, including one from the Chinese mainland, one from Hong Kong and one from Japan, were sentenced to death on December 16 for trafficking up to 120 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, the intermediate people's court of Nantong in the eastern province of Jiangsu said on Friday.

The court found that the Hong Kong man escorted the Japanese buyer and three others, two from the South Korea and one from Taiwan, who is still on the run, to buy crystal methamphetamine from two sellers in South China's Guangdong Province between February 2012 and March 2013.

Some of the drugs were transported to Nantong and also Rizhao in Shandong Province, and another two Koreans were responsible for smuggling the drugs to Japan by cargo ship, it said.

The other drug seller in Guangdong was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve. The two Koreans were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and life in prison, respectively.

The court also ordered the confiscation of the personal property of all six drug dealers. Three of the six have appealed their verdicts.

At least seven Japanese have been sentenced to the death penalty or the death penalty with a reprieve due to drug trafficking in China. Four were sentenced to death in 2010, and one was in July, according to an earlier Global Times report.

Since 2000, over 10 foreigners including British, Japanese, Filipino and South Africans have been sentenced to death in China, and most criminals received the death sentence for drug trafficking despite foreign pressure.

Source: Global Times, December 27, 2014 (Local time)

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