Iranian authorities unleashed brutal force to repress nationwide protests after the death of a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman in the custody of the country’s abusive morality police, arresting thousands of protestors and killing hundreds. The country’s security and intelligence apparatus, in partnership with Iran’s judiciary, continued its harsh crackdown on dissent, detaining journalists, labor activists, women’s rights defenders, and peaceful dissidents. Impunity for serious human rights abuses remains rampant. Deteriorating economic conditions due to US unilateral sanctions and government policies have increased poverty and reduced living standards for millions in Iran.  Available in فارسی >>

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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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