Free Expression

July 27, 2015

Former Reformist Member of Parliament Arrested Upon Return to Iran

Former Reformist Member of Parliament Arrested Upon Return to Iran A senior adviser to opposition Green Movement leader Mehdi Karroubi was arrested upon his return to Iran six years after the controversial presidential elections that forced him to leave the country. Esmail Gerami Moghaddam, a former Member of Parliament and spokesman for Mehdi Karroubi’s Etemad Melli Party, was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport and transferred […]... read more
July 24, 2015

More than 100 Teachers Detained for Hours for Attempting Peaceful Protest

More than 100 Teachers Detained for Hours for Attempting Peaceful Protest A planned protest by teachers in front of the Iranian Parliament in Tehran’s Baharestan Square was pre-empted by security forces who detained scores of teachers who arrived to take part in it on the morning of July 22. According to Sedigheh Maleki, the wife of teachers’ rights activist Hashem Khastar, about 131 teachers were arrested and taken to the Vozara Detention Center, […]... read more
July 21, 2015

Peaceful Dissent Denied in Iran by Equating Criticism of the Government with Religious Sin

Peaceful Dissent Denied in Iran by Equating Criticism of the Government with Religious Sin Freedom of expression and the right to peaceful dissent, long under attack in the Islamic Republic, have come under increased pressure over the last two years. Hardliners, anxious to re-affirm their control over the domestic sphere in the face of the centrist Rouhani’s huge electoral win in 2013, have launched concerted crackdowns, jailing journalists, shuttering […]... read more
July 21, 2015

Hardline Clerics Stop Screening of Film on Shia Religious Figure

Hardline Clerics Stop Screening of Film on Shia Religious Figure Even Religious Topics Do Not Escape Hand of Censorship in Iran A highly anticipated award-winning film about the revered 7th century Shia religious figure, Imam Hossein, has been pulled from cinemas across Iran on the first day of its screening following criticism by conservative religious leaders. “Out of respect for great religious leaders and distinguished religious scholars, the screening of Rastakhiz (“Resurrection”) will be postponed until the ... read more
July 21, 2015

Rouhani Government and Conservatives Clash over Laws on Female Dress

Rouhani Government and Conservatives Clash over Laws on Female Dress More than two-thirds of  the members of the Iranian Parliament—216 MPs—have signed a resolution supporting the implementation of a law that requires women to observe strict rules on clothing in public. The Rouhani administration has expressed doubts on the effectiveness of coercive tactics against women who are not as observant as hardliners in the Islamic […]... read more
July 20, 2015

Member of Spiritual Group Sentenced to Prison and Lashes

Member of Spiritual Group Sentenced to Prison and Lashes Masoumeh Zia, a member of the Erfan-e Halgheh spiritual group, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that she has been sentenced to a year in prison and 74 lashes for “disturbing public order” and taking part in a gathering protesting the arrest of the group’s leader, Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has been imprisoned since 2011. The security […]... read more
July 20, 2015

Pursue Human Rights in Iran with the Same Vigor as the Nuclear Accord

Pursue Human Rights in Iran with the Same Vigor as the Nuclear Accord By Hadi Ghaemi  Lobelog.com– The nuclear accord reached this week between Iran and the P5+1 countries represents a resounding victory for diplomacy and peace. It was achieved only through unrelenting determination borne from a realization that the benefits of an accord far outweighed those of any alternative. The leadership in Iran recognized the threat posed […]... read more
July 16, 2015

2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report The Campaign’s 2014 Annual Report presents some of the main human rights issues we worked on throughout the year, detailing our major activities, reports and publications, multimedia productions, media outreach, and advocacy campaigns. We encourage you to peruse our website, and please feel free to contact the Campaign at info@iranhumanrights.org for more comprehensive information regarding our work and […]... read more
July 15, 2015

“Now comes the time to focus on human rights in Iran,” UN expert welcomes opportunity created by nuclear deal

“Now comes the time to focus on human rights in Iran,” UN expert welcomes opportunity created by nuclear deal GENEVA (15 July 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed  today called on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the international community to seize the opportunity created by the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme to address the human rights situation in the country.   Mr. Shaheed congratulated all parties to the […]... read more
July 14, 2015

Nuclear Accord with Iran is a Victory for Diplomacy and Peace

Nuclear Accord with Iran is a Victory for Diplomacy and Peace Human Rights Must Be Pursued with the Same Vigor July 14, 2015—The agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities, reached on July 14, 2015 after many months of arduous negotiation, is a major achievement, to be welcomed by all who are committed to the maintenance of international peace. “With […]... read more
July 13, 2015

Intelligence Ministry Seeking “Maximum Punishment” for Prominent Human Rights Activist

Intelligence Ministry Seeking “Maximum Punishment” for Prominent Human Rights Activist  The Intelligence Ministry has made a written request to impose the maximum punishment on human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Recently Ms. Mohammadi’s case file has included a letter from the Intelligence Ministry which recommends that the judge give her the maximum punishment. […]... read more
July 9, 2015

Parliamentary Bills Further Threaten Autonomy of Legal Profession in Iran

Parliamentary Bills Further Threaten Autonomy of Legal Profession in Iran In an escalating war of words that reflects the long-running conflict between the Judiciary and lawyers over the legal profession’s independence in Iran, the Iranian Bar Association Union’s president, Bahman Keshavarz, reiterated in an interview with the official ISNA news service on June 21 that the Union does not operate under the auspices of the […]... read more