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Without a Definitive, Coordinated Response from the International Community, Iran's Violence Abroad will not Cease
July 27, 2021
The recent kidnapping plot against Masih Alinejad fits a decades-long pattern of intimidation, extrajudicial killings and abductions of dissidents meant to undermine political and religious groups, silence activists and journalists, and prevent the mobilization of effective opposition movements inside and outside the country. Most concerning to activists is the encroachment of Iran’s intelligence into the US, where no assassination or kidnapping attempt against had been reported for over three decades.
Saleh Shariati’s freedom follows a nearly decade-long ride on a roller coaster of hopes and disappointments, in an Iranian judicial system where a combination of punitive and arbitrary criminal laws and widespread failures of due process routinely endangers, and sometimes takes, innocent lives
The current constitution and electoral laws block the path to reform and encourage impunity. Prioritizing negotiations for a real political opening - that involves regime outsiders and includes the release of political prisoners and human rights defenders - will send the right message to Iran's leaders and its people.