Freitag, 08.02.2019 / 10:47 Uhr

Iran: 1,7 Millionen Inhaftierte in 40 Jahren

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die Reporter ohne Grenzen stellen zum vierzigsten Jahrestag der iranischen Revolution einen schockierenden Bericht vor: Dokumenten zufolge, die der Oragnisation vorliegen, sollen alleine im Großraum Teheran in dieser Zeit 1,7 Millionen Menschen infhaftiert worden sein. Deutlicher lässt sich kaum zeigen, was für ein Regime die Islamische Republik ist:

Iranian authorities arrested, jailed and sometimes executed 1.7 million people around the capital Tehran alone in the first 30 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution, Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said on Thursday.

The organisation revealed its count that included regime opponents, Bahais and other religious minorities and at least 860 journalists as Iran marked the 40th anniversary of its revolution.

The group said at a news conference in Paris that its information was based on a confidential file of judicial proceedings obtained by whistleblowers that covered the years 1979 to 2009.

The file registering judicial procedures contains details on some 1.7 million people, including minors, locked up in Evin prison in the first three decades of the Islamic regime that overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, shaking the region and the world.

Among the journalists, at least four were executed, according to RSF, as the watchdog group is known. The organisation noted that the detailed Iranian file never mentions the professional status of individuals, suggesting this made it easier for the regime to claim it wasn't holding journalists or, more broadly, prisoners of conscience.

“The very existence of this file and its millions of entries show not only the scale of the Iranian regime’s mendacity for years when claiming that its jails were holding no political prisoners or journalists, but also the relentless machinations it used for 40 years to persecute men and women for their opinions or their reporting,” RSF head Christophe Deloire said.