Religious Freedom

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
March 17, 2015

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate.... read more
March 3, 2015

UN Secretary-General Expresses Alarm about Executions, Retaliation Against Activists and Attacks on Women in Iran

UN Secretary-General Expresses Alarm about Executions, Retaliation Against Activists and Attacks on Women in Iran In particular the Secretary-General voiced his concern about Iran’s chronic application of the death penalty to drug-related offenses, which do not qualify as the “most serious crimes”; the number of death penalty cases with a political dimension; the high incidence of public executions; and the execution of juveniles. ... read more
February 20, 2015

After Years in Solitary Confinement, Mohammad Ali Taheri Faces New Trial on Corruption on Earth Charges

After Years in Solitary Confinement, Mohammad Ali Taheri Faces New Trial on Corruption on Earth Charges Three-and-a-half years after the arrest and imprisonment of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of a spiritual group who has been in Evin Prison since May 2011, the Iranian Judiciary will put him on trial again for “corruption on earth,” a charge he was acquitted of earlier, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. ... read more
January 7, 2015

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested Iranian security agents arrested an Assyrian pastor and two Christian converts who were his guests at his Tehran residence on December 26, 2014, according to Mansour Borji, Spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches.... read more
December 22, 2014

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah A high-ranking cleric and Khomeini-era member of the Supreme Judicial Council has told Fars News Agency that Baha’is are not entitled to citizenship rights. The statement was made only weeks after Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, denied the systematic denial of Baha’is right to higher education. "We never say that Baha'is have the right to education; Baha'is don't even have citizenship rights," Ayatollah Bojnourdi told Fars. "Christians, ... read more
November 26, 2014

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.... read more
November 19, 2014

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin On November 18, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran with a vote of 78 in favor, 35 against and 69 abstentions. ... read more
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