Why they Left: Stories of Iranian Activists in Exile,

Human Rights Watch Report-Iran: Activists Fleeing Assault on Civil Society

The 62-page report, “Why they Left: Stories of Iranian Activists in Exile,” documents the experiences of dozens of rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, and lawyers whom security and intelligence forces targeted because they spoke out against the government. Some who took part in anti-government protests after the 2009 election had never been politically active before, but suddenly found themselves in the crosshairs of security and intelligence forces.

Bahman Baktiari

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