US blasts Iran for no improvement in human rights

Iranian police watch a campaign rally along Valiasr Street in the Iranian capital Tehran, on June 9, 2013Iran repressed freedoms and rights for its people last year, the United States said Thursday, adding that there has been no “meaningful improvement” since President Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013. “Iran continued to severely restrict civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, speech, religion, and press, and to execute citizens at the second highest rate in the world,” the US said in its annual human rights report. Assistant Secretary for human rights Tom Malinowski said the United States has “not seen any meaningful improvement in the situation in Iran” since Rouhani took office in 2013.

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