The UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Iran has said the country has shown "no sign of improvement" in human rights and "continues to warrant serious concern."
In a report issued on October 23, UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said Iran carried out 724 executions between January 2012 and June 2013, including 202 in the first half of this year.
Shaheed said that at least 40 journalists and 29 Internet users have been arrested in Iran this year, and the country shut down 67 Internet cafes and blocked some 5 million websites in July 2013.
Shaheed said that he welcomes encouraging statements made by President Hassan Rohani since his election in June, but added that "I don't think he had the time to substantially change what has been happening in Iran for many years."
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters