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At an October 29 event in Washington, a panel of experts discussed recent human rights abuses in Iran, the future of U.S. policy toward the country, and how to press for improvements in Iran's performance.
jason rezaian

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been convicted by Iran’s Revolutionary Court. 

The wrongfully imprisoned student activist Bahareh Hedayat received an extended prison sentence by Branch 28 of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court. 

Adrian Shahbaz
Research Analyst

The ultimate test of the agreement’s success may be whether it creates space for systemic changes that make Iran less threatening, regardless of the technology it possesses. 


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