HRW: Iranian activists seeking refuge abroad

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December 14, 2012 03:53

 
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Since Iran’s dramatic crackdown on anti-government protesters after the disputed 2009 presidential election, hundreds of Iranian activists have fled harassment and detention to seek temporary refuge in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a new report released Friday by Human Rights Watch.

The 62-page report, “Why they Left: Stories of Iranian Activists in Exile,” documents the experiences of dozens of rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and human rights lawyers who say they were targeted by security and intelligence forces because they criticized the government.

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