The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights today expressed concern over the arrest and detention of political activists and human rights, as well as journalists, registered in the past two weeks in Iran.
According to the UN, these actions reflect a policy of silencing critical voices in the country.
Those arrested Mohammad Ali Dadkhah account, the Center for Human Rights Defenders, who was arrested for starting a sentence of nine years imprisonment that had been imposed after being charged with integrating a group seeking to overthrow the government.
Also arrested was the bureau chief for Reuters in Iran, Parisa Hafezi, on charges of spreading lies and propaganda.
The spokesman for the Office of Human Rights in Geneva, Rupert Colville, called for the immediate release of those people and stressed the delicate pre-election context in which they have carried out the arrests.
“The lawyers, human rights defenders and independent journalists have a key role in democratic societies should be allowed to do their work without intimidation, harassment, arrests and persecution,” he said.
Colville said the wave of arrests and sentences imposed on those figures would have the objective of curbing freedom of expression, opinion and association guaranteed in the Convention on Civil and Political Rights to which Iran is a signatory.