Category Archives: Human Rights

It is about our rights to live a safe life.

Imapct of Public Excecutions in Iran

No one can ignore the fact that our Iranian life, anywhere in the world we live in, is impacted by the news about / from what is going on in Iran.

With all evidence, the horrors in Iran continues so does the influence of these scary news on our minds. Not only, the number of public executions and hangings in Iran have increased, so does the number of crowd watching these scary scenes. This recent trend of being excited for death and darkness intertwines with how human right violations are all normal part of a much challenged life in our Iran.

Recently we heard the horrible news of how a large crowd of people gathered to watch the public hanging of 17 years old boy in the suburb of Tehran. This hearth braking news might highlight just a glimpse on how the brutal regime of Iran is exposing people to violence more than before.

The pictures that were broadcasted through the media, shows all men being excited for public execution of a young boy. Where is our humanity? What happened to our Iranian way of forgiving and being kind? Perhaps we have lost our aptitude for life, compassion, and humanity long time ago. For sure, consequences for this level of viciousness and repulsion are more that we can estimate.

What is the psychological impact of this level of exposure to killing and brutality like this on our future generations?

Just to guess some of the consequences is to question:
How could people be this De-sentiszed to pain and suffering?
What these watching crow (men) for these violent scenes be possibly be capable of?
How these men who enjoy watching death are treating women/ children and others in their community?
What happens to the victimized families?
Where is the human rights community?
Who cares about the public victimization and traumatization of our people in Iran?
When and how these nightmares will end? Where is hope?

Without a doubt when violence continues, it is difficult to converse about impact, healing and solutions.

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Murder of Our Legends


The recent loss of our best legends are creating a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. The killing of our people seem to be one continued act while people are defenseless.

A stressed out nation like our Iranian one, these days has no time to breath. One legend after another is falling down, all after years of hard battle with the devils of our time.

These days it is hard to hear at least one good news about something benefiting people. There are barricades for people to express the self in a meaningful, contextual, and congruent way. Physical assault, murder of grieving daughters and mothers in day light, shooting of our young people who attend peaceful rallies, imprisoning our best women and men just because they ask for change; life can not get worse for our people in Iran and for all Iranian out there who care.

After 32 years of Oppression, now we are seeing most horrendous violations of human rights. Regime of tyranny and terror push our long time legends to silence, suicide, house arrests, and a life in the dark boxes of lies with guns on their necks. What is the solution? The heavy feeling of hopelessness among our best people of Iran is being sensed millions of miles away.

We need peace, we need hope, and we need laughter again.

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Questions without answer

Where is peace?
What is the taste of peace?
How does peace look like?
Why we Iranians are without peace?
When will peace and happiness come back to Iran?
When will people be able to live their lives without oppression?
When will we feel that law and order are there to protect life, to protect our dignity, and to protect our identity?
Why are we Iranian this much under pressure?
How come crimes against humanity in Iran were allowed to continue to this level?
What have we as Iranian people done to deserve this much hate, violence, and force imposed on us?
Our questions are plentiful  and right answerer are not easy to find.  Who knows?!

August 13, 2009
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INQUISITION IN 21 CENTURY

How cynical, what is happening in Iran currently and past 30 years are a repeat of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition.  How ironic that the killing, torture, and expurgation of our Iranian people have been called as an Islamic fight against heresy.

Today, the largest number of our best people are sitting in the jails, are being beaten on the streets, are being hanged publicly, all because heresy has come with these clerks themselves.

The level of hate, lies, deception, prejudice, and abuse of power by the Islamic regime of Iran are beyond imagination for our Iranian nation.

These clerks in Iran do not even know the history; they are repeating a school of thought that belonged to the Roman Catholic Church inquisition dated back to 12th century.

The executions, hangings, and killings of any one holding another belief than the clerks of Iran, are not a new behavior.  They continued same pattern as Roman church yet they called it a pure Islam.

How paradoxical that the history is repeating itself, yet in another format with the practice of an old doomed pattern.

We Iranians are suffering from the irresponsible decisions made by a so called holy power that is indeed a mix match of extreme form of religion and hateful beliefs towards people justified with name of religion.

The inquisition of our people past 30 years has been orchestrated by a group of clerks in Iran who abuse their power to kill, to hate, to destroy any one with a different belief.

How sad that these clerks do present their religion as holy and they fight the rest of the world to destroy “heresy.”  Aren’t these clerks a good example of practicing heresy?

Where is the true, real, and pure practice of religion, any of them? Human beings are suffering due to the falsifications, prejudice, and violations of all the borders, the border of respect to human life with or without religion.

Peace will come when and if our world establishes an end to the barbaric acts of those who are far from being holy.

June 30, 2009

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Democracy & Mental Health

Democracy and dictatorship have direct impact on our mental health. How?  We can explore that.   It may be mind-freshening to just compare these two polar systems in the context of psychological footprint on individuals.

Democracy is as an embodied, dynamic, and growing movement, while dictatorship can be described as an static, monologue, and rigid system.  These two social contexts are providing socially embedded field for mental health and growth while most certainly in two opposite directions.

Being human means we are moving towards a goal in our life from day one. This goal is always pertinent to survival, growth, and self-actualization.  Moving towards a goal happens whether we know it or not.  Alfred Adler, the founder of individual psychology argues human being is a goal directed individual (Ansbacher & Ansbacher 1956).

In countries where oppression, censure, and brutality is the norm, individuals cannot move towards the goals they have in mind. With democracy you can have choice, freedom to speech, and freedom to feel.  It is incredible how people who live in democratic countries take this right for granted.  In dictatorship we know that reading one book, one article, or one newspaper literally can cost life and fortune.

We have to consider the fact that in democracy writing, thinking, feeling, perceiving, and listening are significant factors for living a human life that we all deserve.
If food, shelter, air are the basic human rights, then democracy meaning the right to feel, to be, to think, and to decide are also integral parts of our basic rights.
This is something we Iranians have felt it with our flesh and blood. our history is filled of crack down of our intelligent, brave, and decent citizens who ask for the right to be healthy,physically, emotionally, spirituality, and mentally. Democracy does open the filed for a holistic health.

June 25, 2009
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Reference:
Ansbacher, H. L., & Ansbacher, R. R. (Eds.). The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler.  New York: Basic Books.

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Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) on December 10th, 1948. The UDHR is a common standard of achievement, which recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all people in all nations.

Below is an abbreviated version of the UDHR. If you wish to see the full version it can be

viewed at http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/eng.htm.

All people everywhere have the same human rights, which no one can take away.

This is the basis of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

This Declaration affirms the dignity and worth of all people, and the equal rights of women

and men. The rights described here are the common standard for all people everywhere.

Every person and nation is asked to support the understanding and respect for these rights,

and to take steps to make sure that they are recognized and observed everywhere, for all people.

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.

Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6: Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7: All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

Article 8: Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10: Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.

Article 11: Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.

Article 13: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.

Article 14: Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

Article 15: Everyone has the right to a nationality.

Article 16: Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and have a family.

Article 17: Everyone has the right to own property.

Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Article 20: Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

Article 21: Everyone has the right to take part in the government of their country.

Article 22: Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to the realization of economic, social and cultural rights.

Article 23: Everyone has the right to work in fair and safe conditions. Everyone has the right to form or to join trade unions.

Article 24: Everyone has the right to rest and leisure.

Article 25: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being.

Article 26: Everyone has the right to education.

Article 27: Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community.

Article 28: Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29: Everyone has duties to the community.

Article 30: There is nothing in the UDHR that justifies any person or state doing anything that takes away from the rights to which we are all entitled.

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Our Basic Needs

Human Development

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), an American psychologist, proposed a hierarchy of human needs. He theorized that there are five basic and most important needs that are essential for human survival. These are: [1

* Biological and Physiological needs (basic life needs such as air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep)—anything for our physical survival.

* Safety needs (protection, security, law, stability)—“psychological needs”—our need to feel safe, to know that our families are safe and that we can live our lives away from dangers; to have jobs, resources, good health, and access to services.

* Belongingness and Love needs (family, affection, relationship)—“emotional needs”—to love and be loved, to feel being important for others, to be valued, to be seen and heard, to have family, friends, and relationships.

* Esteem needs (achievement, status, responsibility, reputation)—to have self-esteem, self-confidence, and belief in oneself; to have opportunities in life; to be able to succeed in the tasks of life; to have recognition from others who are close to us, which results in feelings of prestige, acceptance, and status. All this means that we learn to have belief in ourselves and are able to do things independently and successfully. The lack of any opportunity to feel being believed and to feel being acknowledged by others may lead to insecurity and discouragement.

* Self-Actualization needs (personal growth and fulfillment)—including spiritual needs—the need to be articulate, to create art and beauty, to have a moral centre, and to be spontaneous; the need to be close to a higher power, may we call it god or spirituality.

Now the question is, “What happens when some or all of these needs are not met?” I will explore these needs more based on our Iranian culture!

How we fare in each need category is based totally on the opportunities we have and also the lifestyles we live. We may have all our physical needs met, yet have no self-actualization or esteem needs in place. What happens then?

In our Iranian style of life, unmet needs within the traditional upbringing that many of us have experienced came from the cultural bans on self-actualization or esteem needs. Class, gender, race, ethnicity, education, and all the aspects of having traditional or secular parents, are still the main factors in determining whether we are raised to be the independent, happy, and healthy persons that we want to be or what our parents want us to be.

Many families raise their children to be good, obedient, and caring children who have ONLY to focus on studies, because education has such high values. Children and teenagers who for any reason cannot do well in school and do not cope well with their parents’ expectations for their becoming engineers and doctors are in trouble many times. They may feel like failures for not being able to live up to their parents’ expectations, or because they want to work on self-actualization, meaning on becoming the persons they want to become!

What is the best we as parents can do?

We need to encourage our children to become healthy and independent individuals who have the confidence to take care of their tasks in life in a healthy way.

What are your needs? Which of these five categories of needs is most important to you? Which one of these categories, has been taken care of most, and in what way?

May 3, 2007

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[i] Refer to http://www.businessballs.com/maslow.htm for Maslow’s original five-stage model


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