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Election Contested, Repression Compounded

Election Contested, Repression Compounded

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IRAN
ELECTION CONTESTED,REPRESSION COMPOUNDED
 
Amnesty International is a global movement of 2.2 million people in more than150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interestor religion – funded mainly by our membership and public donations.
Amnesty International PublicationsFirst published in 2009 byAmnesty International PublicationsInternational SecretariatPeter Benenson House1 Easton StreetLondon WC1X 0DWUnited Kingdomwww.amnesty.org© Amnesty International Publications 2009Index: MDE 13/123/2009Original language: EnglishPrinted by Amnesty International,International Secretariat, United KingdomAll rights reserved. This publication is copyright, butmay be reproduced by any method without fee for advocacy,campaigning and teaching purposes, but not for resale.The copyright holders request that all such use be registeredwith them for impact assessment purposes. For copying inany other circumstances, or for re-use in other publications,or for translation or adaptation, prior written permission mustbe obtained from the publishers, and a fee may be payable.
Cover photo 
: Hundreds of thousands of people protesting inAzadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran against the election result,15 June 2009.© AP/PA Photo/Ben Curti
Back cover 
: Plain-clothed policemen beating a demonstratorwith batons in Tehran, 14 June 2009.© AFP/Getty Images
 
CONTENTS
Map of Iran..................................................................................................................3
 
Glossary.......................................................................................................................4
 
General terms........................................................................................................4
 
Abbreviations.........................................................................................................4
 
Key political figures................................................................................................4
 
Iran’s power structure.............................................................................................5
 
Timeline......................................................................................................................6
 
1. Introduction.............................................................................................................9
 
About this report......................................................................................................13
 
2. Background............................................................................................................15
 
Run-up to the election.............................................................................................15
 
Post-election protests and repression.........................................................................17
 
3. Freedom of expression suppressed............................................................................22
 
4. Stifling dissent – arbitrary arrests and detentions.......................................................24
 
Targeted post-election arrests...................................................................................26
 
Targeting of people with links to foreign countries.......................................................27
 
Harassment of relatives............................................................................................28
 
Ongoing patterns of arrest.........................................................................................30
 
5. Unlawful killings and excessive use of force...............................................................34
 
Killing of Neda Agha Soltan......................................................................................37
 
Mourning Mothers – harrassed for protesting deaths....................................................40
 
6. Torture and other ill-treatment..................................................................................41
 

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