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Iran releases political prisoners

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government welcomed news from Iran that the Iranian government had released several “prisoners of conscience.”

“We welcome today’s reports that the Iranian Government has released human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh,” among others, the U.S. State Department said late Wednesday.

“President Rouhani pledged repeatedly during his campaign to restore and expand freedoms for all Iranians, and called for expanded political and social freedoms, including freedom of expression. In the months ahead, we hope he will continue to keep his promises to the Iranian people.”

The State Department said that the United States will continue to urge the Iranian Government to take steps to improve the country’s human rights situation.

“Accordingly, we renew our call today for Iran to release all prisoners of conscience in its custody.”

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