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After Nuclear Agreement Unveiled, Iranians Demand Civil Rights
In response to demonstrators in Tehran raising the issue of greater civil rights after Iran reached agreement with six nations to limit Tehran’s nuclear capabilities, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"Freedom House supports the call by the Iranian people for respect of their civil rights and an end to the house arrests of opposition leaders since 2011,” said Mark P. Lagon, president. "Once again, Iranians are showing their courage by publicly demanding their rights. Iranians in the streets declared ‘Our next agreement is for the attainment of our civil rights.’ It is time for the United States and the world to turn their attention to their abysmal human rights situation, including over one thousand remaining political prisoners.”
While celebrating Iran’s nuclear deal, scores of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran to call for the release of opposition leaders and demand new negotiations to secure their civil rights. Iran continues to hold at least 1,150 political prisoners according to human rights organizations. Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard are under house arrest for the fifth year in a row.
Freedom House has expressed concern over a deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran since the election of President Rouhani, and has called for global focus on this issue with Iran.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.