“Mr Rouhani says he wants to steer Iran towards “moderation”.”
Another profile tells audiences:
“His campaign slogan “moderation and wisdom” continued to be a theme at his inauguration in August.
Despite being very much part of the Islamic Republic’s establishment, his promises of reform, of working to ease sanctions, of helping to free political prisoners, of guaranteeing civil rights and a return of “dignity to the nation” drew large crowds when he was on the campaign trail.”
Whilst the BBC has never actually got down to discussing the nitty-gritty of Rouhani’s interpretation of ‘moderation’ and ‘reform’, two recent reports indicate that his agenda does not include human rights.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, published a report last week which…
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