Human Rights Violator:Ali Mohammad Besharati Jahromi

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Name: Ali Mohammad Besharati Jahromi
Background
Born in 1323 (1944) in Jahrom
PhD in international relations
He was a political prisoner during the Pahlavi era
His positions under the Islamic Republic include:
2001 until present Political consultant to the Expediency Council
1997 – 2001 Security consultant to Chair of the Expediency Council
1993 – 1997 Minister of Interior
1984 – 1993 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
1980 – 1984 Member of Parliament
In charge of intelligence and IRGC investigations
Co-founder and member of the first council of IRGC
Member of Khomeini’s Welcoming task force and among the first interrogators of anti-revolutionaries
Member of torture “allegations” parliamentary investigation task force

Co-founder and active member of Qanat Group, a body focussed on violent oppression of dissidents

As a founding member of Qanat (aqueduct) group, also known as 15th of Khordad, he spearheaded kidnapping, torture and murder of dissidents around Jahrom prior to the 1979 revolution. He acted as a consultant to the Friday Prayer Leader of the city, Hossein Ayatollahi, and in conjunction identified and torturously murdered citizens, and often threw their remains into aqueducts around Jahrom. According to witness statements he was involved in or incited harassment, severe and inhumane torture including acid attacks, burning, cutting, maiming and violent murder of Baha’is, political activists, leftists and Mojahedin among others in Jahrom.

Member of the parliamentary “torture allegations” investigation task force, in response to a wave of reports and evidence of torture in Islamic Republic prisons

During the first months of 1981 and following repeated complaints and appeals by survivors and family members of political prisoners Ayatollah Khomeini appointed a task force to conduct an investigation in Tehran prisons. Besharati, then Jahrom’s representative to the Islamic parliament, represented the judiciary on this body. In clear contradiction to testimonies of survivors and family members of victims, as well as investigative reports by Amnesty International the body concluded: “The interrogation and investigation system of the judiciary in our courts and prisons are not based on torture and if few cases have come to light, they are exceptions to the rule and a result of actions on the part of individuals who are not among the officials. [Therefore] accusations on the part of one of the authorities regarding investigation and interrogation procedures are in no way accurate.”

Approval of the “regulations for illegal clothing and make up,” a document used as justification for violation of individual rights

In August 1996, while holding the position of Minister of Interior, the Ministry approved the “Regulations for illegal clothing and make up”. This document and its articles ban clothing that bear images and art work such as musical instruments, embroidery, cartoons, or terms of endearment. These regulations have been used as justification for many cases of human rights abuse and infringement on citizens’ freedom, all of which Besharati must be held accountable for.

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Siehe! Ich bin meiner Weisheit überdrüssig, wie die Biene, die des Honigs zuviel gesammelt hat, ich bedarf der Hände, die sich ausstrecken. Ich möchte verschenken und austeilen, bis die Weisen unter den Menschen wieder einmal ihrer Torheit und die Armen wieder einmal ihres Reichtums froh geworden sind. Dazu muss ich in die Tiefe steigen: wie du des Abends tust, wenn du hinter das Meer gehst und noch der Unterwelt Licht bringst, du überreiches Gestirn!

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