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Will Iran overcome the problem of human rights?

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Iranians participated in various demonstrations across the nation between worsening economic conditions, understandings of regular government corruption, and popular disappointment over lack of political and social rights. Security forces and the judiciary have acknowledged these protests with arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations. While at least 30 people, including security forces, have been killed during the protests, officials have not carried reliable investigations into protesters deaths, or into security agencies use of excessive force to repress protests. Officials have also hardened their grip on peaceful activism, arresting lawyers and human rights supporters who face charges that could lead to long jail terms.

Freedom of expression

The authorities heavily defeated the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Security forces used additional or excessive force to disperse protests and arbitrarily detained peaceful demonstrators.

In November the security forces crushed nationwide protests killing over 300 people, including children, according to reliable sources many died from gunshot wounds to important organs. Thousands of protesters were arbitrarily detained. Many were subjected to enforced disappearance, torture or other ill-treatment including through being punched, kicked, punched and beaten. Authorities executed a near-total internet shutdown during the protests to stop people from receiving images and videos of the fatal force used by security forces.

prosecuted media members

A number of journalists were prosecuted and received prison and flogging sentences in relation to their work.

In June, journalist Masoud Kazemi was sentenced to four years and six months in prison and a two-year ban on working in journalism, in connection with social media posts in which he alleged government corruption.

In May, journalist Marzieh Amiri was arrested while covering the International Workers’ Day protest. In August, she was sentenced on charges including “spreading propaganda against the system” to 10 years and six months in prison and 148 lashes, reduced to five years’ imprisonment on appeal.

In October, the Revolutionary Guards announced they had arrested Rouhollah Zam, editor of Amad News, a popular channel on a messaging application that authorities accused of inciting the protests of December 2017 and January 2018. Iran’s state television broadcast his confession in a propaganda video days following his arrest.

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