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Iran urged to respect protestors’ rights, end Internet crackdown 

Geneva, Jan 5 (IANS) UN experts have urged Iranian authorities to respect the rights of protestors and voiced concern over Tehran’s restriction of social messaging services.

The joint statement by four Special Rapporteurs — expert advisers to the UN who work on a voluntary basis — issued on Friday by the UN agency for human rights came eight days after anti-government protests broke out in Iran over corruption, unemployment and price rise, CNN reported.

At least 21 people were killed and 450 arrested in the protests, many in clashes with security forces trying to quell the rallies.

The protests, the most powerful challenge to the regime in years, fizzled on Thursday after a claim by Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari that the unrest was “officially over”. 

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