Iran shuts down event at human rights center

Reporting from Tehran and Beirut — Security officials in Tehran shut down the office of the country’s leading rights defenders Sunday as activists and lawyers gathered there to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A swarm of uniformed and plainclothes security officers raided Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi’s Center for the Defense of Human Rights, reportedly taking video footage of offices, making an inventory of equipment and demanding that members leave, telling them authorities had a court order banning any ceremony.

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