Iran: Harassment of families of victims unlawfully killed during protests must end

The Iranian authorities are waging a ruthless campaign of harassment and intimidation against the families of protesters and bystanders unlawfully killed by security forces during the “Woman Life Freedom” uprising to force them into staying silent ahead of the one-year anniversary of the nationwide protests and the killings of their loved ones. The authorities have subjected bereaved relatives to a catalogue of human rights violations including beatings, arbitrary arrest and detention, unjust prosecutions, and unlawful surveillance. They have also denied families the right to hold peaceful gatherings at their loved ones’ gravesites, have damaged and desecrated the graves of those unlawfully killed, and threatened to exhume victims and rebury them in unidentified locations.

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