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Iranian authors offer perspectives on the political standoff in their country in the latest edition of Gozaar, Freedom House’s online forum on human rights and democracy in Iran.

Freedom House issued a letter today urging the Group of Eight to hold the Iranian government accountable to its international human rights commitments following deadly clashes between armed forces and peaceful protesters.

Freedom House calls on the Iranian government to refrain from using further violence and threats to intimidate hundreds of thousands of protesters who are exercising their human rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

The latest edition of Gozaar, Freedom House’s online forum on human rights and democracy in Iran, examines the aftermath of the country’s presidential election with analysis from prominent Iranian journalists and academics.


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