Seyyed Ali Reza Avai, Minister of Justice of Iran attends the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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Iran has arrested activists and political opponents in a clampdown on freedom of expression as use of torture continues despite promises of reform, a United Nations report said Monday.The report was compiled by Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani lawyer serving as U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran who died suddenly last month. More than 20 people were killed and 450 people arrested in nationwide street protests in December against economic hardship and corruption -- the biggest in Iran since the post-election unrest of 2009 .More than 100 flogging sentences were handed down in Iran last year, 50 of which are believed to have been carried out, as well as five out of 19 sentences of amputation, she said.In the past three years, the government had closed seven million Internet addresses, Jahangir said.
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