Only science can check Iran’s crackdown on environmentalists, says Kaveh Madani

Kaveh Madani

Kaveh Madani

EARLIER this year, nine Iranian conservationists were arrested by the country’s Revolutionary Guards on charges of espionage. Members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, they are accused of using camera traps to monitor Iran’s ballistic missile programme, collecting sensitive data for “hostile nations”.

One of them, Kavous Seyed-Emami, died in prison in February. It was reported to be suicide, although his family strongly disputes that. Four have been charged with “corruption on Earth”, which can carry the death penalty under Islamic sharia law.

I am an environmentalist myself. At the government’s invitation, I returned to …

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