Kurdish Politician Says, 'Iran is a Paranoid State'

By Ruwayda Mustafah - Huffington Post UK

Loghman H. Ahmedi, PDKI representative to the United Kingdom. Photo published with permission Photo: huffingtonpost.co.uk

March 20, 2012

, — The Iranian government harbours grandiose ambitions of becoming an influential force in Middle East. It has become a paranoid state of fear, not only of foreign governments but national and religious communities within it. I spoke to Loghman Ahmedi, the democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan's representative to United Kingdom, he spoke in length about the Iranian government, and its treatment of ethnic groups, adding "Paranoia and expansionist ambitions, is the defining characteristic of the Islamic republic". In regard to Iranian government's treatment of ethnic groups, Ahmedi said,

Fundamentalist Islam nevertheless shapes the domestic and foreign policies of Iran. For example the regime's ideology rules out normalisation of relations with the United States and recognition of Israel's existence, it also dictates that only those Iranians who are Shiites believers could be included in the political system.

Ethnic groups in Iran

The Iranian constitution is inherently sexist, and sectarian, in that it only permits male followers of Shia Islam to become the president of the country. This means, women, secularists, Kurds and Sunnis are prohibited from becoming a president. The Iranian regime, according to Ahmedi uses "shame elections to claim popular legitimacy" and manipulates the international public opinion by fabricating an image of a legitimate and 'democratic' state. Ahmedi believes the Iranian population rejects the regime by large, and the only reason this regime continues to survive is through coercive and violent means. "A gigantic state apparatus - consisting of the Revolutionary Guards, the Basiji and a plethora of intelligence agencies - is the backbone of the regime", Ahmedi said.

Iran is a multinational and multi-religious country, with Kurds, Arabs, Azeri Turks, Balochis and Turkman national communities. These ethnic groups are discriminated against because of their religion and nationality. Ahmedi says there are arbitrary imprisonments, torture, rape and disappearances of activists. Kurdish female activists have been raped on numerous occasions prior to being executed. He said, the regime's interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia law is used to legitimise rape, torture and execution of political dissidents.

On numerous occasions, Kurdish female political activists have been raped before being executed. The religious justification for these cases of rape is that if a woman dies as a virgin, she will go to heaven. To make sure that female Kurdish political activists go to hell, they are raped in Iranian prisons.