Re: “When it comes to human rights, Iran is no worse than Israel, says reader,” (The Hill Times, June 20, p. 8). Talk about the theatre of the absurd. Shaun Narine considers Israel, the paragon of openness, protector of innocents, and champion of human rights as “no worse” than Iran, a rogue nation on a genocidal quest against the Jewish people, the foremost state sponsor of terror, and a serial human-rights-offending nation. Iran's destructive pursuit of nuclear weapons, repeated calls for Israel's annihilation, and its deplorable human rights record have rightfully made this country a pariah in the international community. It’s thanks to Iran that the Middle East has been destabilized and that terror proxies Hamas and Hezbollah who wage war against Israel, are well-armed, trained, and funded. Irrespective of whether Israel possesses nuclear weapons, it's simply absurd to equate democratic Israel with the terror-supporting, Holocaust-denying, theocratic Iranian regime. Israel is known for upholding human rights and Iran is known for its human wrongs. Iranian authorities routinely jail, torture, and murder dissidents and prisoners of conscience. Ethnic and religious minorities like the Bahá'ís, along with journalists, are persecuted. Iran imposes strict and violent Sharia law rendering women as chattel. It is a country lacking free speech and free assembly rights, where media professionals and citizens are arrested for expressing their political views. It has a purely tyrannical government where the Iranian guardian council only approves a narrow list of hand-picked (ayatollah-supporting) candidates for elections. Make no mistake: Iran represents a genuine threat not only to Israel but to the entire world, and it’s a serial human rights offender. Mike Fegelman Executive director HonestReporting Canada Toronto, Ont.