The protests over the election and the resulting arrests have been the subject of recent debate. Last week, Iran began the fourth mass trial [JURIST report] of election protesters and reformists. Earlier in August, three UN human rights experts called on Iran's Revolutionary Court to reject protesters' confessions obtained through torture [JURIST report]. Iran's Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi acknowledged [JURIST report] last month that some protesters arrested after the election were tortured. Human rights groups have called arrests political repression [JURIST report], saying that Iranian forces are using the protests to "engage in what appears to be a major purge of reform-oriented individuals."
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