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Amnesty International: Human rights in Iran: A review of 2018
Today Amnesty International issued Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa: A review of 2018, which describes how authorities across the region have unashamedly persisted with ruthless campaigns of repression in order to crush dissent, cracking down on protesters, civil society and political opponents, often with tacit support from powerful allies.
The international community’s chilling complacency towards wide-scale human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa has emboldened governments to commit appalling violations during 2018 by giving them the sense that they need never fear facing justice. Amnesty International’s report reveals that the crackdown on dissent and civil society intensified significantly in Egypt, Iran, and Saudi Arabia during 2018. These three states are emblematic of the inadequacy of the international response to rampant government violations.
The full report is available at the following link: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde01/9433/2019/en/ and also attached to this email. The Persian translation of the report overview is also available at the following link:https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde01/9433/2019/en/ and attached to this email.
The Iran entry of the report – in English and in Persian – is attached and available here:https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/9900/2019/en/
Thank you and best wishes,
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: REVIEW OF 2018
26 February 2019 Index: MDE 13/9900/2019
IRAN Islamic Republic of Iran
Head of state: Sayed Ali Khamenei
Head of government: Hassan Rouhani
The human rights situation in Iran severely deteriorated. The authorities suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as freedom of religion and belief, and imprisoned hundreds of people who voiced dissent. Trials were systematically unfair. Torture and other ill-treatment were widespread and committed with impunity. Floggings, amputations and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments were carried out. The authorities sanctioned pervasive discrimination and violence based on gender, political opinion, religious belief, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. Executions took place, sometimes in public, and thousands remained on death row. They included people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.