Iranian authorities continue to repress their own people. The country’s security and intelligence apparatus, in partnership with Iran’s judiciary, harshly cracked down on dissent, including through excessive and lethal force against protesters and reported abuse and torture in detention. Impunity remains rampant and Ebrahim Raeesi, a serial human rights violator, took over the presidency in unfair and unfree elections. Deteriorating economic conditions due to US unilateral sanctions, government policies, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have increased poverty and reduced living standards for millions in Iran. 

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Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.

Iranian authorities ignore or punish peaceful dissent and have launched a sustained crackdown on civil society, from labor activists, lawyers and human rights defenders to journalists and even former senior political leaders.  Follow our blog which will document official repression and civil society activists’ attempts to push for respect for human rights during this tumultuous period.

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