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In Iran, human rights defenders are frequently arrested without charges, held in prolonged pre-trial detention without access to legal representation of their choosing, sentenced to lengthy prison terms on vague charges following unfair trials, and incarcerated in poor conditions. In recent years, many human rights defenders, both male and female, have been targeted for their defence of women’s rights and their support of the protests against mandatory hijab laws. Lawyers are also regularly targeted for taking up human rights cases and for representing other prosecuted human rights lawyers.