Amnesty International used the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution to note that human-rights abuses in the Islamic nation still proliferate, including arbitrary arrest, torture and a broad application of capital punishment. Iran is one of a handful of countries that forbids Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to perform research within its borders. Recently, Iran closed the Center for Human Rights Defenders, founded by Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi.

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