Iranian state security forces paraded three young men through the streets of Dehloran in Ilam Province, western Iran, after they were accused of “mischief.”
The victims were also humiliated by being forced to wear prison cloths and pitchers used for ablutions around their necks while were handcuffed to a stick in order to humiliate them.
Such these punishments are usually carried out without any legal process, often on youths who are paraded through their own neighborhoods, forced to sit backwards on donkeys or handcuffed in the back of an open truck.
As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Iran is legally obliged to forbid torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. However, alongside hangings and killings which are routinely carried out, authorities are also continuously arresting and harassing people for absurd reasons some of which include improper clothing, having tattoos, alcohol consumption, disregarding curfews and disrespect towards security agents.
In one case this April a young man and woman in Tehran were recently sentenced to prison and 100 lashes each, for allegedly “having relationship outside marriage.”
In another case, five individuals were sentenced to a total of 23 years’ jail time and 30 lashes for “theft.”