Iranian Human Rights Activist Groups in Europe and North America (IHRAG) reports that on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Center of Human Rights Defenders in Tehran was raided by police and security officers. IHRAG further states:
Today, in a coordinated attack the Iranian security forces cracked down on the center for Human Rights Activists in Tehran, while the center was preparing to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration.
The security forces banned Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace laureate and the founder of DHRC, from participating in the ceremony, and consequently seized the building and removed all documents within it. All evidence of the Government’s human rights violations have now been eradicated.
[Dated Sunday, December 21, 2008, at: http://www.hriran.org/]
December 22, 2008 8:28 am
Have you received anything since the raid? Have the authorities commented on why the raid was launched?
Thank you for this site, very informative and useful.
December 22, 2008 9:44 am
Dear Emad, Thank you for your interest and comment.
IPW has not learned any more details, though we’re monitoring the situation. No explanation has been given about the reason for the raid that we’re aware. The internet site for Human Rights Activists of Iran was filtered several days ago and remains unavailable, so no news is coming out through that channel.