Why is the west funding Iran’s deadly war on drugs? by Fazel Hawramy in the Guardian
Representatives of more that 50 countries will meet in Vienna shortly to determine the level of international support that Iran receives for its continuing war on drugs.
This comes amid concern about the increasing number of executions for drug-related offences in Iran. Six more people were recently hanged in the city of Kermanshah â€“ executions that a senior figure in the judiciary described as “one of the triumphs of Iran”.
As part of the counter-narcotics programme, Iran receives a constant flow of technical support from the UK, the US and other western governments, either directly or through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The UNODC’s Yuri Fedetov has consistently praised Iran’s drug war efforts, yet has said nothing about its human rights abuses, despite the fact that all other UN programs are supposed to be subservient to the Human Rights charter.
If the west is serious about supporting reform in Iran, it must rethink whether it’s right for taxpayers to continue funding a programme that leads to the execution of hundreds of people every year.
The message that we’ve consistently given to the entire world is that if you violate human rights in the war on drugs, we not only won’t call you on it, we’ll support you with money.