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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Iran: Anniversary demonstrations on 14 February must be allowed to take place peacefully ! Amnesty International

Amnesty International :
Iran: Anniversary demonstrations on 14 February must be allowed to take place peacefully .
Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to respect freedom of assembly and
allow peaceful demonstrations in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran on 14 February 2012, amid fears
that the authorities may once again use excessive use of force to quell protests, as has happened
in previous years.
The demonstrations - called by the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope - mark the one
year anniversary of demonstrations called by opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi
Karroubi, in support of the people of Egypt and Tunisia which were brutally repressed and left at
least two people dead.
Amnesty International also reiterated its call for the immediate release of Mir Hossein Mousavi and
Mehdi Karroubi, who have been held under unofficial house arrest since 10 and 14 February
2011 respectively. Mir Hossein Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, is also held, while Mehdi
Karroubi is currently held on his own and has been denied any contact with his family since the
day after he told his wife in December 2011 that he believed the upcoming parliamentary
elections would be fraudulent.
Iran: Wave of arrests in run up to parliamentary elections.Iran: Wave of arrests in run up to parliamentary elections.
Iran: Wave of arrests in run up to parliamentary elections
Amnesty International is concerned that an ongoing wave of arrests of media workers and bloggers
is intended to limit freedom of expression in the run up to parliamentary elections in Iran
scheduled for 2 March 2012.
The arrests indicate that the Iranian authorities are once again choosing to restrict freedom of
expression and association in an apparent attempt to disrupt public discourse and potential
criticism of the authorities’ record in various spheres including human rights and economic
performance in advance of the start of the election campaign.
Amnesty International is urging the authorities to release all those detained in recent weeks unless
they are promptly charged with a recognizably criminal offence and tried in accordance with
international fair trial standards.
The organization said that the Judiciary in Iran should make it
Link:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/004/2012/en

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