Amnesty slams Iran’s rights record


Human rights violations in Iran are as bad as at any point in the last 20 years, Amnesty International, the human rights group, has said. Amnesty’s report, released on Thursday, examines allegations of torture, rape, death threats, forced confessions, intimidation, cover-ups and unlawful killings in the period after the country’s disputed presidential election in June. The rights group called on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, to allow United Nations human rights experts to visit the country to help carry out an investigation. Official inquiries to date “seemed to have been more concerned with covering up abuses than getting at the truth”, the report said. Iran has dismissed previous criticism of its human rights record.