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US says Iran human rights record “degenerated”

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“The government continued to restrict freedom of religion severely, particularly against Bahais and, increasingly, Christians,”

03/11/2010 Iran (AFP)-The United States charged Thursday that Iran ‘s already poor human rights record had “degenerated” in 2009, particularly with a security crackdown after disputed presidential elections.

The sharp criticism of Iran , contained in an annual State Department report on human rights abuses worldwide, comes as the Obama administration pushes for tougher sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear ambitions.

“The government’s poor human rights record degenerated during the year, particularly after the disputed June presidential elections,” the State Department said.

“The government continued to restrict freedom of religion severely, particularly against Bahais and, increasingly, Christians,” it added.

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