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In a grotesquely unfair trial, three lawyers and two civil rights activists have been sentenced to up to 4 years in prison and suspensions from practicing law for intending to sue Iranian officials for negligent COVID-19 response.

Mustafa Nili, Arash Keykhosravi, Maryam Afrafaraz, Mohammad Reza Faghihi, Mehdi Mahmoudian

“These individuals are being punished in order to send a message to the people of Iran: Seeking an accountable government in the Islamic Republic will land you in jail,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Read more at the Center for Human Rights in Iran.