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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:03 PM

Iran Cracks Down on Dissidents, Human Rights Attorneys and Journalists

From PBS. Excerpt:

During the Green Movement, an uprising that followed the disputed reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, people took to the streets, demanding their votes be counted.

Many were emboldened to speak out for issues like human rights that had been suppressed for years. But the regime quickly dashed any hopes with a violent and firm response.

Sotoudeh was one of a few attorneys who dared to defend the protesters, pushing for rights for women, juveniles and dissidents, and not always winning.

Her 17-year-old client in this case was accused of political activity against the government, and he was hanged at the age of 20.

Sotoudeh herself was charged, like many dissidents have been, with acting against national security by talking with the media. Her husband, Reza Khandan, says it goes deeper than that.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec12/iran_11-23.html

Interesting piece with lots of information and first-hand accounts.

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hrmjustin Nov 2012 #1

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:04 PM

1. In other words business as usual.

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