July 13, 1999
This is what happens when the state allows armed civilian groups to take the law into their own hands. Ayatollah Khamenei must act swiftly to ensure ordinary Iranians are protected against such lawlessness.
Hanny Megally, Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch called on Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to ensure that an independent public inquiry is carried out into the July 9 attack on students at Tehran University dormitories by the extremist group Ansar-e Hezbollah and police.

"This is what happens when the state allows armed civilian groups to take the law into their own hands," said Hanny Megally. "Ayatollah Khamenei must act swiftly to ensure ordinary Iranians are protected against such lawlessness."

Human Rights Watch also welcomed the July 10 statement of the Supreme National Security Council calling for a comprehensive inquiry into the incident, and prosecution of those responsible.

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For Further Information:
Elahe S. Hicks - 212.216/1233
Hanny Megally - 212.216/1230