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Street art protest at UN for Iranian prisoners

By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 18 February 2014

On a snowy Tuesday morning the street artist and photographer JR's Inside Out Project and Unlock Iran took part in a protest to put pressure on the United Nations to respond to human rights violations in Iran. The organisations joined to post portraits of 13 Iranian prisoners—two of whom were reportedly executed by the state last month—outside UN headquarters in New York. The protests were timed to coincide with the P5+1 negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme. On 22 January, the UN called on Iran to halt executions after discovering that at least 40 hangings had already taken place since the start of the new year.


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