Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's Foreign minister
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Amnesty says Iran's human rights record 'worsening'

29 February 2012 Last updated at 17:44 GMT

A recent report by Amnesty International on Iran's human rights record suggests that authorities have been clamping down on freedom of expression in the run-up to parliamentary elections.

The 71-page report says that lawyers, students, journalists, political activists and human rights defenders have been arrested and imprisoned.

Iranian authorities refute these claims.

Karen Zarindast reports.

This video was produced by BBC Persian's Negin Shiraghaei.