Whip punishment to Intimidate the Public in Iran
An Iranian man was lashing after being convicted of drinking alcohol a decade ago aged 14 or 15, on July 11th. He was publicly whipped 80 times while tied to a tree in the city Kashmar, in northeast Iran, the news says.
“The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities. No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
The whip punishment, execution in the public, the daily arrests are one of the most common tools used by the Iranian authorities designed to intimidate the Iranian society.
Iran HRM has registered 15 executions in the month of June addition to 1385 arrests across the country including 95 politically motivated arrests.