By Iran Probe Staff
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Amnesty International, in its annual report published Thursday, February 23. has criticized the authorities of the Iranian regime for suppression of the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and imprisonment of critics.
Amnesty International has also referred to the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people and said "At the end of December, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest against poverty, corruption and political repression, in the first anti-establishment demonstrations on such a scale since 2009."
Amnesty International also condemns the behavior of Iranian authorities in this regard and writes: "The authorities arrested hundreds of protesters following anti-establishment demonstrations that began across the country at the end of December. Reports emerged that security forces killed and injured unarmed protesters by using firearms and other excessive force. On 31 December the Minister of Information and Communications Technology blocked access to Instagram and the popular messaging application Telegram, used by activists to promote and support the protests."
The report says about human rights activists and defenders that "In Iran, the authorities jailed scores of peaceful critics including women’s rights activists, minority rights and environmental activists, trade unionists, lawyers, and those seeking truth, justice and reparation for the mass executions of the 1980s."
The annual report by Amnesty International has criticized the execution of criminals who were under 18 at the time of the offense, and said, "It was possible to confirm the execution of four individuals who were under 18 at the time of the crime and the cases of 92 other juvenile offenders who remained on death row. The real numbers were likely to be much higher."
The report expressed serious concerns about “judges, particularly those presiding over Revolutionary Courts, were appointed based on their political opinions and affiliation with intelligence bodies and lacked legal qualifications.”
The Report also criticized Rouhani for “appointing individuals allegedly involved in grave human rights violations to ministerial posts.” This is clearly a reference to the appointment of Alireza Avaei as Minister of Justice. Avaei is one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.