The U.N. and Iran

April 23, 2015

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland April 20, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today highlighting the plight of the thousands of Iranians who wish to return to their homeland, yet fear likely imprisonment upon arrival for the peaceful expression of their beliefs, art, or lifestyle.... read more
April 22, 2015

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights “Our next agreement will be on our civil rights!” was one of the slogans people chanted in Tehran only hours after a nuclear agreement was reached on April 2, during their street celebrations. During his election campaign, President Hassan Rouhani repeatedly pledged to observe citizens’ rights, end the house arrest of the Green Movement leaders, […]... read more
April 16, 2015

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention Rouhani and Other Administration Officials Speak Out against Discrimination Analysis- Almost two years after his 2013 election, President Hassan Rouhani and his Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, spoke up against discrimination against women this week, in the face of steadily deteriorating conditions for women in Iran. “The government considers it its […]... read more
April 9, 2015

Executions Useless in Preventing Drug Crimes says Prominent Iranian Lawyer

Executions Useless in Preventing Drug Crimes says Prominent Iranian Lawyer In an interview with ISNA (the Iranian Student News Agency), the prominent Iranian lawyer Nemat Ahmadi lambasted Iran’s anti-drug law, calling it “lacking in preventive powers” despite its stipulation of the death penalty as punishment for drug traffickers.   “We have no other laws about drug trafficking, and because the anti-drug law was passed by […]... 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 5, 2015

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights March 6, 2015—The Iranian Parliament should immediately withdraw the pending Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, which explicitly calls for Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress), the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This plan not only violates the rights of all Iranian women, it also presents a clear and present danger to their continued safety.... 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 27, 2015

Cartoon 107: My Stealthy Freedom

Cartoon 107: My Stealthy Freedom Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Islamic covering (hijab) was imposed on Iranian women, and serious penalties, ranging from warnings by Morality Police and arrests to imprisonment and fines, were stipulated and enforced for women who did not observe the dress code. In 2014, with the creation of “My Stealthy Freedom,” a […]... read more
January 14, 2015

UN Body Warns Governments about Health Hazards of Jamming Signals

UN Body Warns Governments about Health Hazards of Jamming Signals A new United Nations resolution warning member states about their responsibility to protect the health of their citizens against electromagnetic waves, including satellite jamming signals, was approved at the UN’s Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Plenipotentiary Conference which took place between October 20 and November 7, 2014, in Busan, South Korea (Resolution 176, pg. 277). ... read more
January 12, 2015

Official Claims of Smart Internet Filtering Overblown, but Efforts to Monitor Users Grow

Official Claims of Smart Internet Filtering Overblown, but Efforts to Monitor Users Grow In the continuing battle over control over the Internet in Iran, a new salvo was recently issued—the announcement by state officials that smart filtering would be installed on the country’s Internet gateways as the authorities had now developed the ability to selectively block “inappropriate and illegal” content. Yet despite these claims by Iranian government officials, and their assertion that they have already implemented such smart filtering on social networks such as Instagram ... read more