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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا
People keep commenting on this video in my mentions so I finally watched it. I believe the argument here is based on an outdated view of the powers of a state. [THREAD]
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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There was once a time when a state was viewed as all powerful and enjoyed almost complete impunity for what actions happen inside its borders. This is no longer the case.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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Now, if a state commits human rights abuses or atrocity crimes against its population it is not viewed as merely an internal matter and it subjects it to accountability measures under international law.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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Whether or not officials can be prosecuted in a legal forum is another issue (related to jurisdiction, access, political will, etc) but legally the thinking is no longer that a state's actions are beyond reproach.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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This is why heads of state are no longer guaranteed immunity from prosecution in international criminal courts. This is also why some states have removed state immunity in civil actions for crimes such as torture and terrorism.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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By living in a state, a population does not sign a social contract that then means state authorities can brutalize them. That is never a thing.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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Not to mention, legal analysis aside, I question the premise that Iranians have entered into any kind of governing contract w/ the government in power today. Iranians of all sorts ushered in the 1979 revolution, not just those wanting an Islamic Republic.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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Putting aside all doubts abt legitimacy of Mar 30-31 referendum that established the Islamic Republic, what assurances do we have since then that it's what ppl want? We have an unelected man in charge since 1989. And prez elections that disqualify most candidates & exclude women.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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If the Islamic Republic allegedly enjoys such strong support (according to the regime itself) then why not put it to a direct people's vote? Have it be like a renewal of marriage vows. Then we'll see if someone runs away from the altar.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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Lastly, in the video there is a discussion of protesters setting things on fire and how that shows that protesters are not peaceful. I'm not sure how that's relevant. Property damage is not to be met with deadly force. That is a disproportionate use of force.
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Gissou Nia/ گیسو نیا Nov 19
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Videos coming out in recent days show security forces shooting protesters from yards away, clearly not in self-defense or in defense of another. These are clear abuses. And suggest orders are to quell protests by any means necessary. So there's really no debate on legality here.
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