Prof. Sheehan: What Does Iran's Election Mean for the Future of Its People?
May 19, 2017
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In an op-ed in the Independent Journal Review, Ivan Sascha Sheehan, associate professor in the University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs, considers the impact of Iran's May 19 national election on its people—especially from a human rights perspective.
"As long as dissent is not tolerated and the regime is left without credible opposition, so-called elections give up any pretense of legitimacy," Sheehan writes.
"In the 2017 contest Iranians have again been denied an opportunity to choose from those who represent a meaningful departure from the status quo, they have been denied access to information from credible news outlets, and journalists, activists, and scholars have been denied basic freedoms widely considered staples of liberal democracy."
Read the IJR piece.