Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, February 27, 2003

All for a dialogue among nations but just don't try to have a dialogue in Iran.

The Iranian government imprisons people for expressing their views on a scale unmatched by any other country yet examined, according to the first human rights delegation to visit Iran in seven years.

The five-member United Nations team Wednesday also criticized Iranian authorities' use of solitary detention ``practiced on a large scale for long periods,'' particularly in Tehran's hillside Evin prison, where many of Iran's more famous political dissidents are jailed.

``It is the first time the working group has been confronted with such a practice on such a scale,'' said Louis Joinet, a French jurist who heads the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention team that spent 12 days reviewing Iran's judicial and penal system.

Other concerns the team raised Wednesday included imprisonment of lawyers who defend political clients, ill-paid and unmotivated state-appointed defense attorneys and excessively high bail for criminal defendants.

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