Iran: Political prisoners released after protests

Tehran, 22 Feb. (AKI) - Thirty political prisoners were reportedly freed from Tehran's Evin prison in Iran on Sunday, according to an opposition website. 'Cyrusnews' said that political activists and students had been freed from the notorious prison after pressure from the families of the prisoners.

For the past week the families of the political prisoners gathered outside the prison demanding the release of their loved ones, the website said.

In the past few days, a hundred political activists have been released in Tehran and the northern city of Tabriz.

According to human rights activists, hundreds of Iranians have been arrested after a wave of anti-government protests since the disputed re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June last year.

Around 50 political prisoners were from Iran's notorious Evin prison in Tehran last week, as the rights group Amnesty International demanded the release of all political prisoners.

Hundreds of students and activists, as well as 80 journalists are still being held in Iran's prisons, according to opposition, reformist and human rights websites.

In a major report released last week, Amnesty International condemned Tehran for imprisoning political prisoners and "showing contempt" for human rights.

"By rejecting specific recommendations made by dozens of countries the Iranian authorities showed contempt for international obligations just as they have done in their treatment of their own people," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa deputy director.


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