The politics of human rights in Iran since the Green Movement

Authored by: Shadi Mokhtari , Neda Nazmi

Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138807679
eBook ISBN: 9781315750972
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613763

10.4324/9781315750972.ch8

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Abstract

The popular aspirations of the historic 1979 Islamic revolution, and the charges of rights violations from both within and abroad ever since, have given rise to a spectrum of rights-based debates and discourses in and in relation to Iran. Mass protests spurred by accusations of election fraud in the 2009 presidential elections, and the subsequent crackdown on the so-called ‘Green Movement,’ represented a watershed moment in the rights contests of post-revolutionary Iran. This dramatic episode in Iranian history encompassed both heightened repression by the regime—including detentions, systematic torture and rape of detainees, and severe restrictions on the media—and substantial resistance—including political contestation, mobilization, and heightened rights consciousness by popular, opposition and civil society forces.

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