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US Criticizes Iran Over Human Rights

VOA News - 10 Apr 2004

The U.S. State Department has released a pamphlet denouncing Iran for human rights abuses. The 16-page brochure, which is also available on the State Department web site, denounces steps by Iran's un-elected clerical leadership that Washington says trample democracy and freedom of speech.

The pamphlet, entitled "Iran: Voices Struggling to be Heard," says the Iranian people are being stifled as they call for their rights, beliefs and needs to be respected. It says un-elected elements of the Iranian government are responding by increasing repression.

The brochure details several recent incidents in Iran, including the death in custody of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi last year. It also refers to the closure of reformist newspapers and the disqualification of hundreds of reformist candidates from February's parliamentary elections.

The pamphlet goes on to say that Iranian youth, who have staged massive pro-reform rallies, represent hope for the future of Iran.

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