Religious Freedom

October 24, 2014

The Campaign’s 2014 UPR Pre-Session Statement

The Campaign’s 2014 UPR Pre-Session Statement This statement by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran to the UN’s 2014 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Pre-Session on the Islamic Republic of Iran addresses the Government of Iran’s lack of implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Recommendations that it explicitly accepted after the First UPR Review in 2010. Download PDF of full [...]... read more
October 14, 2014

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution New York, New York – Impact Iran, a coalition of human rights organizations, in partnership with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, today launched a new video, “Promises Made, Promises Broken.” The video is part of a series aimed at drawing attention to Iran’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on October 31, 2014. A new video will be released each week leading up to the review.... read more
September 28, 2014

Cartoon 94: Man Hanged for Innovation in Islamic Principles and Insulting Jonah

Cartoon 94: Man Hanged for Innovation in Islamic Principles and Insulting Jonah Mohsen Amiraslani, 37, was hanged at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 on charges of “corruption on earth, innovation in primary and secondary principles of Islam, and new interpretation of the Qur’an,” including “insulting Prophet Jonah.” “A Rajaee Shahr Prison official contacted this prisoner’s family and asked them to go see [...]... read more
September 21, 2014

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepares to come to New York next week to attend the UN General Assembly and other meetings, there is a lot of anticipation for how he would answer questions in the US media interviews that aim to polish the Islamic Republic’s image before western audiences. During his presidency, Mr. Rouhani’s [...]... read more
September 17, 2014

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated (September 17, 2014) Ahead of President Rouhani’s visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani’s rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground.... read more
September 10, 2014

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent Three imprisoned Baha’is have been refused early release and furlough to visit their small children unless they recant their faith and pledge not to teach at the Baha’i university, a relative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
July 21, 2014

Another Baha’i Sentenced to Prison for Practicing Her Faith

Another Baha’i Sentenced to Prison for Practicing Her Faith The Baha'i citizen, Shamis Mohajer, began serving her one-year prison term at Evin Prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" on June 28, 2014. Mohajer's mother told the Campaign that her daughter turned herself in after being summoned to Evin Prison.... read more
July 18, 2014

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges A Revolutionary Court has sentenced fifteen Baha’is to between 1.5 and 3.5 years in prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" and "assembly and collusion against national security," but their lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that there is no evidence in their case files to support these charges. Giti Pourfazel, the lawyer representing the 15 individuals told the Campaign that when she asked to see the court's evidence, she was refused. \... read more
July 17, 2014

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith A Baha'i man, Sarang Ettehadi, has been summoned to begin serving his one-year prison sentence on charges of "propaganda against the state through participation in Baha'i worship and prayer groups." Ettehadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he had been instructed via a telephone call from the Evin Prison Courts on July 6, 2014, to appear to begin serving his sentence within a week. Ettehadi's wife, Nasim Ashrafi, already began serving her sentence at Evin Prison read more
June 20, 2014

Halt Execution of 33 Sunnis, Request Rights Groups

Halt Execution of 33 Sunnis, Request Rights Groups Eighteen rights groups issued a joint statement to demand a halt on execution of 33 Sunni death row inmates, noting unfair trials.... read more
May 13, 2014

Lawyer for Kurdish Political Prisoners Put on Trial

Lawyer for Kurdish Political Prisoners Put on Trial A Kurdish human rights lawyer has been tried on charges of membership in an illegal political group and propaganda against the state for providing information on prison conditions to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
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