Iran’s pro-democratic Green Movement, which emerged one year ago in protest of the current regime’s fraudulent June 12 electoral victory, received the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2010 Democracy Award in a Capitol Hill ceremony yesterday. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen discussed Iran’s abhorrent human rights record at the Endowment ceremony, noting the regime carries out “torture, flogging, and murder” against political dissenters as well as citizens who do not conform to its theocratic dictates. Leaders have instituted official discrimination against non-Muslims as well as dissident Muslims, and homosexuals are “hanged from cranes.” Oppression has stiffened since last year’s post-election uprising.
The international community’s record on defending the human rights of the Iranian people has been as unsuccessful as its deterring the Iranian regime's nuclear development. Despite its government’s official policy of marginalizing women, the U.N. elected Iran less than two months ago to its Commission on Women’s Rights.
Peyton R. Miller is the editor of the Harvard Salient and a Student Free Press Association intern at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.