Religious Freedom

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 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 17, 2015

Imprisoned Founder of Spiritual Group Awaits Clarification on His Sentence

Imprisoned Founder of Spiritual Group Awaits Clarification on His Sentence May Still Face Death Penalty for Peaceful Practice of Beliefs Uncertainty surrounds the sentence of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the imprisoned founder of a spiritual healing and cultural group. The Judiciary spokesman says he has been sentenced but his lawyer says this is “incorrect.” “I went to the court on Tuesday July 14 and no sentence […]... 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 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
June 23, 2015

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award Human Rights Show Takes Silver Trophy at Prestigious NY Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs Awards June 23, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran’s weekly radio show, Five in the Afternoon, won a Silver Medal at the celebrated New York Festival International Radio Program Awards on June 22, 2015. The award was given jointly to the […]... read more
April 29, 2015

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home Iranian police demolished the home of an imprisoned Baha'i community leader in Semnan on April 22, 2015. The home belonged to Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of seven Baha'i leaders who have been in prison since 2008.... read more
April 6, 2015

Tehran Professor Decries Iran’s Criticism of UN Human Rights Expert

Tehran Professor Decries Iran’s Criticism of UN Human Rights Expert The following is a translation of Tehran University Professor Sadegh Zibakalam’s letter to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham, responding to her statements on the latest report of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. In the Name of God Madam Marzieh Afkham, Spokesperson Foreign Ministry Greetings. Your […]... read more
April 2, 2015

Initial Accord with Iran Holds Promise for Human Rights

Initial Accord with Iran Holds Promise for Human Rights But Risks of Hardline Backlash Remain The understanding reached on Iran’s nuclear program on April 2 is a welcome development, averting at least for now, an inexorable descent into confrontation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This initial agreement also presents renewed opportunities for human rights. “Political space in Iran, long consumed […]... read more
March 27, 2015

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]... read more