Religious Freedom

April 10, 2014

Official Makes Rare Admission of Baha’is’ Equal Rights in Domestic Media

Official Makes Rare Admission of Baha’is’  Equal Rights in Domestic Media In a rare statement to the Iranian media on April 6, 2014, Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, admitted Baha’is in Iran are entitled to full and equal constitutional rights.... read more
March 27, 2014

Hundreds of Lawyers Advocate on Behalf of Imprisoned Dervish Lawyers

Hundreds of Lawyers Advocate on Behalf of Imprisoned Dervish Lawyers In two separate letters addressed to Head of the Iranian Judiciary Sadegh Larijani, hundreds of Iranian lawyers have asked him for his immediate review of the judicial violations in the cases of four imprisoned Dervish lawyers. According to Majzooban-e Noor website, in one of the letters, 177 lawyers asked Larijani to review Judge Salavati’s conduct [...]... read more
March 24, 2014

Despite Officials’ Claims, 136 Baha’is Held in Prison, Says Representative

Despite Officials’ Claims, 136 Baha’is Held in Prison, Says Representative Dian Alaei, Baha’i community representative, reacted to the March 17 statements made by Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, in which he claimed that no Baha’is were imprisoned simply because of their faith. “There are currently 136 Baha’is in the Islamic Republic’s prisons who were arrested only because they were [...]... read more
March 17, 2014

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran At Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed presented his report on the situation of human rights in Iran. Following his presentation, representatives of member countries, NGOs, and the Iranian delegation offered their responses.... read more
March 17, 2014

Imprisoned Pastor Chained to Hospital Bed, Wife Says

Imprisoned Pastor Chained to Hospital Bed, Wife Says Imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini was admitted to hospital under humiliating conditions, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Naghmeh Abedini, Abedini’s wife, told the Campaign that the pastor was taken to Dey Hospital in Tehran on March 3, 2014 while his hands and feet were chained and then he was tied [...]... read more
March 17, 2014

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed Today, March 17, 2014, Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, officially presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. Stating that he had met with representatives from the Iranian Judiciary and other government organizations in Geneva, Shaheed said, “the report before the Council demonstrates that [...]... read more
March 15, 2014

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians  Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed On Friday, March 14, 2014, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, held a press conference at the UN in Geneva to discuss his new report to the Human Rights Council. When asked about his opinion on the personal attacks made on him and the UN by [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, released his third report to the UN Human Rights Council today, emphasizing alarm over the surge in the number of executions, as well as lack of independence of the Iranian Judiciary. For his research the Special Rapporteur interviewed more than 130 [...]... read more
March 11, 2014

Protesting Dervishes Beaten and Detained

Protesting Dervishes Beaten and Detained Security agents and police verbally and physically assaulted Gonabadi dervishes before arresting them for their protest gathering outside the Judiciary in Tehran, a protesting dervish told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
March 7, 2014

Arab-Iranian Sunni Converts Arrested

Arab-Iranian Sunni Converts Arrested Security agents arrested 20 Arab-Iranians on February 26 in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, for converting from Shia' Islam to Sunni, human rights activist Karim Dahimi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
February 20, 2014

Stop Death Sentence in Inquisition Trial

Stop Death Sentence in Inquisition Trial The Iranian Judiciary must rescind the execution sentence of Rouhollah Tavana for trumped-up charges of “insulting the Prophet,” and stop issuing death sentences for ever-expanding categories of crimes, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more
February 11, 2014

President Rouhani’s New Rights Charter

President Rouhani’s New Rights Charter On November 26, 2013, President Rouhani’s government published a draft Citizens’ Rights Charter and solicited public reaction. The publication of this draft within the first 100 days of his presidency was widely seen as a major step by his administration to address his promises to improve the state of human rights in Iran.... read more