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UN Rights Experts Call On Iran To Release U.S. Journalist

Jason Rezaian in 2013

United Nations human rights experts have called on Iran to immediately release a reporter for The Washington Post detained in Iran for more than a year.

Jailed reporter Jason Rezaian is being held on charges including espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic republic.

A verdict on his case could come as early as next week.

The statement says the arrest, detention, and closed-door trial violate Rezaian’s rights and intimidate journalists in Iran.

It also says that his solitary confinement and full-day interrogation sessions have “caused significant physical and psychological strain.”

The August 14 statement was issued by the special rapporteurs for freedom of expression and for human rights in Iran and by the head of the working group on arbitrary detention.

Based on reporting by AP