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Human Rights Groups Call for an End to House Arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard

Iran: End arbitrary house arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard;  Free all prisoners of conscience (Beirut, London, Paris, 13 February 2013) – The Iranian authorities should immediately release from arbitrary house arrest two former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, author and political activist, …

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Families of BBC Reporters in Iran Targeted

Arseh Sevom — For months now, Iranian state media has been slandering BBC Persian journalists, accusing them of a number of crimes including drug trafficking, sexual impropriety, and even rape. Recently, they also began detaining the family members of the journalists for questioning in the hopes of intimidating the foreign-based journalists.

“This is unprecedented in its level of viscousness,” BBC correspondent Kasra Naji tells Arseh Sevom. “We have not seen this level of brazen and vicious attacks before.”

“It is impossible to miss the pattern of arrests and intimidation from the regime against those who challenge the dominance of its hold on information,” says Arseh Sevom board president, Bert Taken. “We saw a sharp rise in arrests before the 2009 elections as well. This was particularly the case with women’s rights activists, reporters, and bloggers. The harassment of the families of human rights defenders, journalists, and others is a new low for Iran. We know the mother of an imprisoned human rights defender was imprisoned simply for speaking with the international media. Arseh Sevom asks the Iranian government to rescind these policies and to respect its citizen’s freedom of speech as guaranteed by its own constitution.”

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HRW Releases Report on the State of Human Rights in the World

The chapter on Iran summarizes the continuing abuses of human rights in Iran. It states that more than 6000 arrests were made following the flawed elections in 2009. There have been “routine” arrests and harassments of human rights defenders. Members of minority groups such as the Baha’i and the Kurds have suffered disproportionately. The report also notes the governments efforts to control the universities by forcibly retiring social sciences professors.

To read the full chapter, click here.

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