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Press Statement
Sean McCormack
Washington, DC
January 2, 2009


Intimidation of Human Rights Activists in Iran

The United States condemns the continued harassment of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. On December 29, Iranian authorities raided her law office and seized computers and confidential files on her clients. On January 1, protestors chanted death threats and spray painted slogans on Ms. Ebadi’s home.

These events are part of an increasingly hostile campaign of harassment against human rights activists inside Iran. We urge the Iranian authorities to allow human rights activists and civil society organizations to operate free of oppression. With our friends and allies in the region and the world, we stand with the people of Iran who are trying peacefully to exercise their universal human rights, and call upon the Government of Iran to abide by its human rights commitments and obligations.

2009/004

Released on January 2, 2009

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