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.
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Ali Younesi's reference to violations of human rights in Iranian prisons and courts defies the Iranian authorities’ consistent denial of reports of such violations by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, and other international human rights bodies, which have held that due process and fair trial standards are routinely denied by the Iranian Judiciary.... read more
An acceptance speech [Link to full letter] by Omid Kokabee, written from his prison cell in Iran, was delivered at the Award Ceremony for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Freedom and Responsibly Award on February 13. ... read more
The family of a juvenile offender on death row has been informed that he will be executed on February 19, 2015. Saman Naseem, 20, was 17 years old when he was arrested and later put on trial on charges of moharebeh (enmity with God) for membership in the PJAK (Party for Free Life of Kurdistan), an armed Kurdish opposition group.... read more
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 22, 2014) – A delegation consisting of Amnesty International, the Committee of Concerned Scientists, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran will deliver thousands of petitions and letters collected by these organizations and the American Physical Society calling for the release of Omid Kokabee to the Iran UN Mission in New York on Tuesday October 28 at 10:30 AM at 622 Third Avenue, between 40th and 41st Streets. Among the thousands of signatures on both online ... read more
Following a spate of violent attacks on women in Iran, in which unidentified perpetrators have thrown acid in the faces of women in the city of Isfahan for their alleged improper hijab (the Islamic dress code for women), prominent human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Iranian Parliament’s "Plan on Protection of Promoters of Virtue and Preventers of Vice" must be immediately suspended.... read more
Maz Jobrani, the prominent Iranian-American actor and comedian, joins 28 Nobel laureates to call for the Iranian Judiciary’s immediate release of Omid Kokabee, the imprisoned Iranian physicist. Jobrani calls attention to Kokabee’s imprisonment on false charges after an unfair trial, and the multiple and serious health ailments Kokabee is suffering from that have gone untreated while he has been imprisoned, which require urgent medical attention.
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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
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
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) 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