Iran Blames West for Rise of Islamic State Group

(From the NewYork Times)... Iran's foreign minister has accused the West of fueling Islamic extremism by failing to protect the rights of Muslim immigrants.

Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday that "a sizeable number" of those joining the Islamic State group and others were second-generation immigrants in western democracies.

He noted that some of those "beheading innocent civilians speak European languages with native accents" — a veiled reference to "Jihadi John," who appeared in several IS propaganda videos showing the execution of the group's prisoners.


The global rights watchdog Amnesty International has documented a gradual increase in the executions of Afghan prisoners in Iran. At least 700 Afghans were executed in Iran last year compared to 544 in 2012. Iran currently has 4,000 Afghan prisoners on death row; 250 were executed in the first four months of this year.

Amnesty Internationals' London-based Iran researcher Bahareh Davis is concerned about the ongoing execution of Afghans in Iran, which she says contravenes international human rights law.

She told Radio Free Afghanistan that Afghan prisoners in Iran are denied access to a lawyer and are not allowed to defend themselves in trials.
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