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.
- Iran’s Legislative Elections through the Eyes of a Former Political Prisoner
- Faezeh Hashemi's son, Hassan Lahouti, detained at Iman Khomeini Airport
- September 2009 Letter from Soroush to Khamenei
- Witness Statement of Mehdi Nozar
- Witness Testimony of Omidreza Pourmohammadali Farashah
- Witness Statement of Zaynab Bayazidi
- Who is Mostafa Pourmohammadi? A profile of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s pick for Minister of Justice
- Witness Testimony of Majid Tamjidi: arrest and imprisonment of a post-June 2009 protester
- Letter from 47 Political Prisoners to Rouhani and the Iranian People
- The Sheikh of Terror