Urgent Appeal to the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), with the support of its member organisations around the world, released today an Urgent Appeal addressed to the highest authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Urgent Appeal voices its support for human rights defenders in Iran and calls for an end to the repression of civil society, a phenomenon that has increased alarmingly since the beginning of 2007.

Providing detailed examples of the Islamic Republic’s treatment of civil society, the Urgent Appeal highlights in particular incidences of repression taken against activists involved in the women’s rights campaign and student movements, as well as against journalists and trade unionists.

The FIDH and its leagues call for an end also to politically motivated executions and exhort the Iranian authorities to end the applicability of capital punishment to sexual offences, thereby respecting international jurisprudence on the death penalty.

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