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Iran: Public flogging: Medical letter writing action

, Index number: MDE 13/028/2001

There has been a recent upsurge in the use of public flogging in Iran. Although senior government ministers, some members of the Majles (parliament), and pro-reform political groups have criticised public flogging, those responsible for implementing these punishments continue to carry them out. Amnesty International is opposed to all forms of punishment which are cruel, inhuman or degrading and urges the Iranian authorities to end all such punishments -- whether carried out in public or private.

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