The government of Iran has been warned to show respect for human rights amid growing protests from its citizens against corruption and economic problems.
Media reports confirm the Iranian authorities resorted to using water cannons against demonstrators and have restricted their access to social media.
An official statement from Freedom House states as follows:
“Iranian authorities should respect the rights of citizens to protest government policies, whether about the economy, Iran’s regional policies, or the desire for greater democracy,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.
“The government should acknowledge that the demands for better governance, genuine political representation, and civil liberties come from Iranians themselves. The world’s democracies should together call on Iranian authorities to respect the rights of the country’s citizens, including their rights to assemble and express themselves peacefully.”
Iran is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2017.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.