The public flogging sentence for a man was carried out yesterday in southeastern Iran.
The man was identified as Esmail Arbabi and was flogged for the second time in Iranshahr on charges of robbery.
According to human right groups, this is the fourth public flogging sentence in one month in Iranshahr, in the impoverished province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
According to eye witnesses, the lashing was so violent that the victim passed out and was taken to the hospital unconscious. He was also sentenced to two years of prison.
Before this, a man identified as Hamed Karamzehi was sentenced to 74 lashes in public and 10 months of prison for armed robbery in this town.
Iran does not consider flogging as torture or an inhumane punishment and uses it to “set an example”.
The chairman of the Parliament’s Committee on Industries and Mines recently encouraged the use of flogging and execution for “economic offenders”.
“If two people are thoroughly flogged and if two people are executed in a timely manner for controlling the market, it will be a lesson for everyone else,” Aziz Akbarian said in an interview with the state-run Alborz Radio in later December 2018.
According to Amnesty International’s Philip Luther, “The use of cruel and inhuman punishments such as flogging, amputation and blinding are an appalling assault on human dignity and violate the absolute prohibition on torture and other degrading treatment or punishment under international law.”
“As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran is legally obliged to forbid torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. It’s simply unacceptable that the Iranian authorities continue to allow such punishments and to justify them in the name of protecting religious morals,” he said in July 2018 in a statement condemning the lashing of young man for drinking alcohol.
More than 100 “offences” are punishable by flogging under Iranian law. The offences include theft, assault, vandalism, defamation and fraud. They also cover acts that should not be criminalized, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, “breach of public morals” and consensual same-sex sexual relations.
In January 2016, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by state parties, urged Iran to “immediately repeal all provisions which authorize or condone cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children”.