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As the Human Rights Council discusses Iran this week we have a guest blog post from the Front Line Defenders Iran Working Group on the status of human rights defenders in the country.
The current situation for human rights defenders in Iran continues to be a serious cause for concern. They continue to face serious risks and dangers when engaging in legitimate peaceful activities. In particular, HRD’s have been suffering under an increasing wave of violations since the crackdown which immediately followed the disputed presidential election in 2009.
In the aftermath of the election hundreds of HRDs were arrested and many of them were condemned after unfair trials, simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression, or engaging in peaceful protests.
HRD’s campaign on a broad range of issues including women’s rights, religious and minority rights, protection of freedom of speech and expression and the abolition of the death penalty.