Amnesty accuses Iran of harsh wave of repression

9 Jun 2010

Amnesty International accused Iran on Wednesday of a crackdown on dissents involving torture, politically-motivated executions and the imprisonment of journalists, students, activists and clerics. Lawyers, academics, former political prisoners and members of ethnic and religious minorities have also been caught up in a wave of repression, Amnesty said. The rights group made the claims in a report entitled ‘From Protest to Prison — Iran One Year After the Election’.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned Iranians that the government will not tolerate renewed protests on the June 12 first anniversary of his disputed re-election vote. “The Iranian government is determined to silence all dissenting voices, while at the same time trying to avoid all scrutiny by the international community into the violations connected to the post-election unrest,” said Claudio Cordone, Amnesty International’s interim secretary general. Ahmadinejad’s government says the vote was fair and blames foreign powers for stirring unrest.
Thousands of opposition supporters were detained after last year’s election. Most have since been freed but more than 80 people have been jailed for up to 15 years. Two people put on trial after the election have been executed. Amnesty said around 50 members of the Baha’i faith have been arrested across Iran since the elections.
Four Kurds were among five political prisoners executed in May without the notifications required by law, Amnesty said, in what it called a message to anyone considering marking the anniversary with protest. “The Iranian authorities must end this campaign of fear that aims to crush even the slightest opposition to the government,” said Cordone. “They are continuing to use the death penalty as a tool of repression, right up to the eve of the anniversary of the election. The Iranian authorities blame everyone but themselves for the unrest but they are failing to show any respect for their own laws which prohibit the torture and other ill-treatment of all detainees.”

source: Reuters

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