Election 2009

On June 12, 2009, Iranians took to the polls to vote for the next president of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI).  What appeared to be a hasty vote count and resulting announcement of the incumbent as the winner led many in the country to allege electoral fraud in the days that followed.  Peaceful protesters immediately took to Iran's streets to demand their votes back. 

Those protests were met with swift retaliation from the IRI-led security apparatus, and in some instances, the use of deadly force.  Many protesters were arrested and jailed in the aftermath on spurious charges and reports of beatings, tortures and even rapes in detention quickly surfaced.

Since the election, little effort has been made by IRI authorities to investigate the role of law enforcement, prison and judicial officials in these abuses.  The documents reproduced on this page give a detailed account of those events, including first hand witness testimony from victim survivors and an analysis of the alleged perpetrators' responsibility under Iranian and international laws. 


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Violent Aftermath: The 2009 Election and Suppression of Dissent in Iran

This preliminary report documents and analyzes the regime’s brutal suppression of dissent after the June 12, 2009 presidential elections. Hours before the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ... Read more

A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the ongoing human rights crisis in Iran, IHRDC issues this short report on the suppression of dissent ... Read more

Witness Statement of Mohammad Shams

Mohammad Shams, a young political opposition supporter, describes his arrest, detention and torture after he participated in demonstrations protesting the June 2009 presidential elections results.   Name: ... Read more