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Iran’s history of brutality

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As protests engulf Iran, the issues of brutality and human rights violations are being broadcast for the world to see

Protests are erupting across Iran, bringing into focus issues of brutality used against the Iranian people. In particular, the treatment of women in Iran and the inhumane methods that are implemented to ensure they obey strict conservative Islamic rules.

So what human rights violations are the people of Iran facing, and what drives change?

Legal Discrimination

Iranian women face legal discrimination in a number of areas. They are not allowed to hold certain jobs, they have restricted access to education, and they are not allowed to travel freely. Additionally, women in Iran are not allowed to marry or divorce without the permission of a male guardian.

Violence Against Women

Violence against women is also a serious problem in Iran. According to a report by the United Nations, nearly 60% of Iranian women have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. Additionally, many women are forced into arranged marriages and are unable to leave abusive relationships due to financial dependence on their husbands.

Lack of Access to Healthcare

Iranian women also face significant barriers when it comes to accessing healthcare. Many rural women do not have access to basic health services, and women in urban areas often face discrimination from healthcare providers. Additionally, abortion is illegal in Iran except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk, which can lead to dangerous and often deadly situations for women who seek illegal abortions.

Forced Hijab

The hijab is compulsory for all women in Iran, and those who do not comply with the law can be fined or imprisoned. The forced wearing of the hijab has led to a number of protests by Iranian women, who argue that it violates their right to freedom of expression.

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Acid Attacks

Acid attacks are another serious problem facing Iranian women. These attacks, which usually involve men throwing acid at women’s faces, are often motivated by revenge or jealousy. In many cases, the victims are left permanently disfigured and require extensive medical treatment

Lack of due process

One of the primary issues with Iran’s brutality is the lack of due process that is afforded to detainees and prisoners. In many cases, detainees are held for months or even years without being charged with a crime. They are often denied access to lawyers and are not allowed to see their families. This can lead to detainees being tortured or otherwise mistreated in an effort to extract confessions.

Use of torture

Another issue with Iran’s brutality is the widespread use of torture. Torture is often used to extract confessions from detainees, but it can also be used as a way to punish prisoners. Common methods of torture include electric shock, beatings, and waterboarding. Torture is often used in conjunction with other forms of mistreatment, such as solitary confinement and sensory deprivation.

Inhumane conditions

Inhumane conditions are another problem with Iran’s brutality. Prisoners are often held in cramped, unsanitary cells where they are denied access to basic necessities such as food, water, and medical care. This can lead to prisoners developing health problems, such as malnutrition, dehydration, and infectious diseases. Additionally, prisoners are often subjected to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, which can further exacerbate these health problems.

Death in custody

Finally, one of the most serious issues with Iran’s brutality is the number of deaths that occur in custody each year. In many cases, these deaths occur as a result of the mistreatment that detainees and prisoners endure while in custody. However, there have also been cases where detainees and prisoners have been killed outright by their captors.

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AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

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The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan

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Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

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There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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