May 31, 1995 in Nation/World

Group Claims Iran Executed Thousands

Compiled From Wire Services

Iran has executed tens of thousands of suspected government opponents in the last 16 years and kept large numbers of political prisoners languishing in jail, Amnesty International said today.

Opposition activists have been targeted for attack over the past 18 months and even Iranian dissidents who fled abroad are not safe, the London-based rights group said in a 17-page report.

Despite Iran’s refusal to allow human rights investigators into the country, Tehran has not been able to hide its “appalling human rights record,” Amnesty said.

Over the past 15 years, scores of dissidents living outside Iran have been “assassinated in circumstances suggesting they may have been extrajudicially executed by Iranian government agents,” it said.

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