As diplomats from the six world powers and Iran scrambled to reach a nuclear deal in Vienna, one human rights activist and reporter made his way to the Austrian capital to troll the Iranian regime.
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In a video posted on the Daily Beast, David Keyes questions Iranian diplomats about political prisoners and congratulates them for reducing the rate of hangings from "once every two hours to once every two and a half hours."
Keyes' satire is meant to highlight "Iran’s gruesome human-rights record."
"Diplomats of a regime which hangs gays, jails bloggers, and tortures human-rights activists should never be able to step foot outside their embassies without a torrent of protest," Keyes writes in the Daily Beast.
Keyes questions the uncoupling of human rights issues from the talks with Iran and calls on the West to remember Iran’s jailed activists regardless of whether a deal is reached. When they are freed, he claims, the world will no longer fear Iran.
The deadline for reaching an agreement between the powers and Iran has been extended to July 13.