Thursday, November 10, 2016

Iran: Failed to improve its record on human rights - NEWS

Journalism is Not a Crime
October 21, 2016
     Iran has failed to improve its record on human rights, according to a new report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Iran. 
The report, Ahmed Shaheed’s sixth to the UN General Assembly, states “at least 14 journalists and 15 bloggers and social media activists were reportedly either in detention or sentenced for their peaceful activities as of July 2016.” It also said there is evidence to suggest that “many others are subjected to interrogations, surveillance and other forms of harassment and intimidation.” Authorities have ordered the closure of several newspapers and publications, and in May 2016, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace announced that companies offering foreign messaging services would be forced to transfer data about their Iranian clients to servers based in the Islamic Republic — posing a significant threat to citizens' right to privacy and security.

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