Amnesty International (AI) has called on Iran to release peaceful protesters following a wave of arrests over demonstrations against the Islamic Republic’s dire economic conditions and its foreign military interventions.

The world’s leading human-rights organization also urged the authorities to conduct a “prompt, impartial and independent” investigation into the killing of a protester in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, on Aug. 3.

In its latest statement on Iran, London based AI has referred to recent protests rallies in a Karaj, 42 km (26 mi) west of the capital city, Tehran, noting, “Among those detained and at risk of torture and other ill-treatment is human rights defender Nader Afshari, who was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence officials on 1 August 2018 in the city of Karaj, and whose whereabouts are unknown as he is being held in a secret detention facility.”

Nader Afshari was arrested last winter, but later released on a one-billion rial (roughly $21,000) bail. Nevertheless, he was detained again and his mother, Maryam Sabzparvar, told Radio Farda at the time that she was unaware of the whereabouts of her son.

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