Iran (Human Rights Watch)

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 24, 2009

The persecution of those who have the nerve to demand that Iranians possess the same kind of civil and political liberties that we take for granted in the West continues:

A former Iranian vice-president has reportedly been released on bail having been convicted of fomenting unrest after June’s disputed elections.

The leading reformist, Mohammed Ali Abtahi, had earlier been sentenced to six years in jail, reports said.

Around 80 people have been jailed and five sentenced to death over the unrest that followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed poll victory.

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has called for government restraint.

“The government should not intimidate people to change their path,” he was quoted as saying on his Kaleme website.

Mr Mousavi, who was Mr Ahmadinejad’s leading challenger for the presidency, has vowed to continue the struggle against what he says was a fraudulent election.

“This movement will continue and we are ready to pay any price,” he said.

And sadly enough, the government is forcing the reformers to pay every sort of price imaginable.

While we are on the subject of the suppression of human rights in Iran, I highly encourage people to watch this. It certainly is heartbreaking, but it is also tremendously important to see.

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