Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

The Department of State released Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016.

The Secretary of State is required by law to provide to Congress every year, a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights. The Human Rights Reports describe the status in countries around the world of internationally recognized human rights, including those reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In its Iran section, this report lists severe restrictions on civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, association, and speech, the freedom of religion, and the freedom of the press as some of the main human rights abuses documented in 2016. The State Department is also concerned with abuse of due process combined with use of capital punishment for crimes that do not meet the requirements of due process, most serious crimes threshold, or against juveniles.
Of additional concern were the continued arbitrary detention of prisoners of conscience and harsh and life-threatening conditions in detention facilities including a lack of proper medical care.

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