This nation has not allowed one single day, one single year, one single decade pass over the last 40 years of the life of the ruling Islamists without systematically, consistently, non-violently, but structurally challenging and changing it. This challenge has changed the ruling regime, produced rooted and successive women's rights, human rights and civil rights movements within the skeletal framing of the ruling Islamic Republic.
I have to ask someone to help me with understanding the above paragraph. I am not sure how to interpret the passage in bold. Does it say that the Iranian people (the nation) permanently over the last 40 years under the regime of the theocracy were able to change in a positive way the nature of the regime? Does the whole paragraph say that in reality, the regime is not so bad – as is often suggested – and that there is the progress in terms of civil and human right and so on?