A new report by the United Nations cites judicial abuses by the Iranian regime. Between 150 and 400 journalists have fled Iran since the presidential elections of 2009.
According to Ahmed Shaheed of the United Nations, Iran has detained more journalists than any other nation in 2011. The tally is 179 writers, editors and photojournalists jailed.
They fled for their lives during the 2009 Green Revolution. According to a report, UN human rights officials have condemned Iran's use of stoning as a form of capital punishment among "deeply troubling" rights violations, and many that are "systemic in nature”.
Shaheed has called for an "extensive, impartial and independent investigation into the violence in the weeks and months that followed the presidential election of 2009", (also known as the Green Revolution) when pro-democracy protesters hit the streets to demonstrate against the election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They held that the elections had been rigged.
Shaheed “reiterates his call for the immediate release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience” in his report, according to the Daily Express.
Half of the imprisoned journalists spent time in solitary confinement, some 42 percent were sent into exile between the years 2010 and 2011, and half were serving sentences that range from 6 months to 19 years on charges such as “propaganda against the state", "working with hostile governments" and "insulting religious sanctities", wrote Shaheed in his report.
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