Letter to Ayatollah Larijani on post-election abuses in Iran
HRW website
  • Immediately resolve the cases of dozens of individuals who remain in detention under harsh condition without charge or access to their lawyers. Many of these detainees have endured solitary confinement for more than two months. The Judiciary should release them or charge them with a recognizable criminal offense. For those it detains and charges, it should allow them immediate access to lawyers and families, and bring them immediately before an independent judge with the power to review the legality of their detention and order their release. Those charged should be promptly tried before a court whose proceedings meet international fair trial standards.
  • The Judiciary should investigate all government officials alleged to be responsible for the torture and ill-treatment of detainees in prisons, including Kahrizak and Evin, as well as in Basij and police detention centers, and discipline and prosecute those found to be responsible for ordering or carrying out serious abuses.
  • Immediately release Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan or charge him with a recognizable criminal offense and try him before a court whose proceedings meet international fair trial standards. Derakhshan has been held in detention, largely without access to family or legal counsel, since October 2008. A recently released detainee from Evin prison told Human Rights Watch that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps intelligence service is holding him in solitary confineme... >>>
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