Press release

Iran: UN Human Rights Council Should Investigate Deaths and Abuses of Detainees

Iran is detaining more than 4,000 protesters, hijab protesters, and members of minority groups.


In response to Iran’s detention of more than 4,000 protesters, hijab protesters, and members of minority groups, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Iranian authorities in the last two months have arrested thousands of people for the exercise of their rights to assemble, associate, or publicly criticize the government, including anti-compulsory hijab activists, members of the Gonabadi Sufi community, and environmentalists,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs. “These deaths and detentions have received little international attention, despite reports of torture, coerced confessions, and the deaths of at least 30 protesters and detainees. The  UN Human Rights Council should acknowledge these abuses as it convenes in Geneva this month, insist on a full accounting by Iran, and identify the senior Iranian officials responsible for these actions.”

Iran is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2017.