Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar is a wanted man. Wanted for brutally oppressing democracy protestors. Wanted for systematically abusing the basic human rights of his fellow Iranians.
The Iran Daily Brief Blog explains:
So what was he doing traveling around Europe as a free man?
Last week, he was in Vienna to talk about international cooperation (ironic, taking into account Iran’s nuclear obstructionism) in tackling drugs:
The Islamic Republic News Agency proudly noted that:
Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar who is here to attend the 56th annual session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, offered five guidelines to fight drugs abuse.
While Press TV proudly ran with the headline:
Iran UN’s number one partner in war on drugs
In the past I have noted the worrying manner in which Iran tackles narcotics, noting:
Few news agencies or newspapers have focused on the worryingly dark side of Iran’s drug problem. I have already elucidated concerns emanating from the Human Rights Community about the Iranian regime using their narcotic policy as a psychotic excuse for mass executions.
Credit must also be given to two British news sources which actually covered this topic.
This Sky News update reflects responsible reporting, focusing on the fact that in Iran, “Hundreds are being hanged every year, including children, vulnerable people and innocent scapegoats; that Britain should have played a part in this tragedy is shameful.”
The IRNA also tells us that:
Fedotov [the Executive Director of the United Nations on Drugs and Crime] thanked Iran for having its campaign against narcotic drug.
Najjar should not have been in Europe, let alone preaching to others how best to tackle drugs. Thank you Iran for your help and advice, but mass executions aren’t really our thing.
I can’t summarize it any better than Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for Iran Human Rights (IHR), who spoke about drug trafficking and the death penalty at a UNODC side event.
He said that “Mostafa Mohammad Najjar should be arrested by the Austrian police for his role in the killing of peaceful demonstrators on December 27, 2009. I hope Austrians and human rights groups in Austria will protest Mr. Najjar’s presence in their country.”
And Najjar is not the only leading Iranian figure who has found Vienna a welcoming destination in recent weeks.
Where was the media outrage? Where was the media coverage? Well… that is what we are here for.