Right to Education

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 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 11, 2014

New Campaign: Ten Days With Bahareh

New Campaign: Ten Days With Bahareh A group of women and student activists have launched a campaign for the release of Bahareh Hedayat, a symbol of the student movement who has been serving a near-10-year prison sentence at Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward.... read more
March 7, 2014

Release Shafipour, Hedayat, and All Other Women Prisoners of Conscience

Release Shafipour, Hedayat, and All Other Women Prisoners of Conscience As the world prepares to honor and promote the economic, political, and social achievements of women on International Women’s Day, Iran has sentenced yet another young woman, Maryam Shafipour, for her peaceful activities. ... read more
March 4, 2014

Maryam Shafipour Sentenced to Seven Years for Strange Charges

Maryam Shafipour Sentenced to Seven Years for Strange Charges A source close to the family of imprisoned student Maryam Shafipour, who was just sentenced to seven years in prison, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Shafipour received the heavy sentence on strange and irrational charges such as “membership in Facebook,” “applying for a student visa,” “existence of a satellite TV receiver at her father’s house,” and “contact with the Heads of Sedition [Mousavi and Karroubi] during their house arrest." ... 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
February 7, 2014

Political Activist Mohammad Maleki, 80, Writes Open Letter to President About Harassment of Family Members

Political Activist Mohammad Maleki, 80, Writes Open Letter to President About Harassment of Family Members At a February 4 speech at a gathering of university chancellors and heads of educational and research centers, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani asked the Iranian academic world, "Why is the university silent?" Political Activist Mohammad Maleki responds in an open letter.... read more
January 30, 2014

“Drawing Repression”: New Book Illustrates 52 Weeks of Human Rights in Iran

“Drawing Repression”: New Book Illustrates 52 Weeks of Human Rights in Iran The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran announced today the publication of a new book of editorial cartoons chronicling one year of human rights issues in Iran. Drawn by prominent Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani, Drawing Repression: A Year in Cartoons features 52 weekly cartoons highlighting human rights issues over the course of Persian Solar Year 1391 (Spring 2012 – Spring 2013), the last year of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency.... read more
January 23, 2014

President Rouhani’s Draft Citizenship Rights Charter: English Translation

President Rouhani’s Draft Citizenship Rights Charter: English Translation The full English text of the Draft Citizenship Rights Charter proposed by President Hassan Rouhani and widely circulated for feedback, is available thanks to UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed and the Human Rights in Iran Unit at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College.... read more
January 23, 2014

Ill Journalist Could Be Released from Prison Under New Penal Code

Ill Journalist Could Be Released from Prison Under New Penal Code A source close to the family of imprisoned Iranian journalist Kayvan Samimi, 65, who has been hospitalized since November, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the new Islamic Penal Code allows for his release, adding that his family hopes he can be released as soon as possible.... read more
January 22, 2014

Student Activist Released for Five-Day Furlough After 55 Months in Jail

Student Activist Released for Five-Day Furlough After 55 Months in Jail After 55 months in prison, most of which has been spent in exile, Iranian student activist Zia Nabavi was released on bail of approximately $168,000 for a five-day furlough today, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more