Friday, December 11, 2009

Amnesty: Iran rights at lowest ebb in 20 years

Middle East Online, First Published 2009-12-10

Neda Agha Soltan was killed during a protest in Tehran In June

Human rights watchdog urges Tehran to fully probe many allegations of torture, unlawful killings.

LONDON – Human rights violations in Iran are as bad as at any time in 20 years, London-based watchdog Amnesty International said on Thursday in a report on a government crackdown against election protests.

Amnesty said it had detailed “patterns of abuse before, during and, particularly, after the June election, when the authorities deployed the Basij militia and Revolutionary Guards to suppress mass protests against its disputed outcome.”

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