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Fears for detainees held in Iran

Human rights organisations have raised concerns that many people have been arrested in Iran in response to ongoing protests over the disputed result of the presidential election.

Amnesty International says at least 170 people have been detained in Tehran since the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad as president was announced on 13 June.

Some are known to have been detained briefly, but the whereabouts of many other remains unknown.

Ebrahim Yazdi: Foreign minister after the 1979 revolution and now leader of the Freedom Movement of Iran
Mohammad Tavasoli: Director of political office of Freedom Movement
Mohammad Ali Abtahi: A former vice-president of Iran
Mustafa Tajzadeh: A former deputy interior minister
Saeed Hajjarian: A reformist strategist, badly wounded in a shooting attack in 2000
Abdullah Ramazanzadeh: A former government spokesman and provincial governor
Mohsen Mirdamadi: Secretary General, Islamic Iran participation Party
Mohsen Aminzadeh: A former deputy foreign minister
Behzad Nabavi: Former first deputy speaker of parliament

Among those held are Ebrahim Yazdi, who served as foreign minister after the 1979 Islamic Revolution but who now heads a banned group called the Freedom Movement of Iran. He was said to have been arrested while undergoing tests at a hospital in Tehran.

Before his arrest he told the BBC he believed the election results had been rigged and were absolutely unacceptable. The actions of the government were threatening the reputation of the Islamic Republic, he added.

Amnesty says it believes the security forces are likely to use excessive force if there are further demonstrations by supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the reformist challenger.

The organisation says those arrested are at risk of torture or other ill treatment.

It says there have been reports of people arrested in provincial cities such as Zahedan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Babol and Shiraz.

The New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says at least 200 people have been arrested across Iran.

BBC researchers have also been monitoring details of those reported to have been arrested.

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