Iran's Democratic history
In what might have been an attempt not to revisit the American hostage crisis a representative the Islamic Revolution said peaceful demonstrations permitted, but they would not tolerate protesters storming embassies. Mehdi Mir-Ahmadi said "International treaties prohibit entry into (foreign) offices and buildings," (26 ).
Iranian version of the War On Drugs
Even with the strong social mores (they are a theocracy) and ever stronger laws, they have an AIDS problem. The HIV virus is spread there as else were mainly though IV drug and sexual contact (27 ).
The Iranian government estimates that between 800,000 to 1.7 million of its citizens are addicted to opiates, but one government official said it could be high as 10 million. 900 tons of narcotics were seized in 2007 (28 ).
1989 a new law in that carried a mandatory death penalty for people who had just over an ounce of an ounce, of heroin, codeine or morphine, or smuggling 11 pounds of opium or hashish. This was the toughest crack down since the Islamic revolution when hundreds of alleged drug users and pushers were rounded up and executed (29 ).
In 2008 a new Iranian directive bans the execution of minors for drug crimes. This new directive doesn't effect the 120 youths already on death row. They instead will replace it with life in prison for first time drug crimes (30 ).
Punishment for other "crimes"
The first Males Vs Females soccer game since 1979 to swift punishment it suspended three officials involved and handed out fines up to $5,000. Strict Iranian rules don't allow physical contact between men and women who are not related. Women are even banned from attending soccer games when men play (31 ).
Amnesty international said about stoning in Iran "The majority of those sentenced to death by stoning are women. Women are not treated equally with men under the law and by courts, and they are also particularly vulnerable to unfair trials because their higher illiteracy rate makes them more likely to sign confessions to crimes they did not commit,". They also said about the stones use they must be stones "large enough to cause pain, but not so large as to kill the victim immediately."(32 ).