The U.N. and Iran

March 29, 2014

Iran’s New UN Ambassador’s Visa Delay Raises Questions in Tehran

Iran’s New UN Ambassador’s Visa Delay Raises Questions in Tehran The United States has delayed issuing a visa for a high-ranking Iranian diplomat appointed as the Islamic Republic’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.... read more
March 28, 2014

Iran’s Human Rights Showing Little Progress, UN Votes to Renew Special Mandate

Iran’s Human Rights Showing Little Progress, UN Votes to Renew Special Mandate The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to renew the mandate of Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed, a welcome development for human rights in Iran, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. ... read more
March 26, 2014

Landmine Explosion in Non-Border Area Claims Another Life in Iran

Landmine Explosion in Non-Border Area Claims Another Life in Iran The explosion of a landmine in the Shahdad desert of Kerman Province has left one man dead and three others critically injured. This is the second incident in less than three months of a landmine explosion in a non-border area located in Iran's Lut Desert, at least 300 kilometers from the closest border with Pakistan.... read more
March 25, 2014

Brazil Should Support the Struggle of Iranian Trade Unionists (By Mansour Osanlou)

Brazil Should Support the Struggle of Iranian Trade Unionists (By Mansour Osanlou) As an Iranian labor activist, I have always looked for models that my country can follow to improve. Striking a balance between worker rights, economic developments, international trade, and vital social-programs is indeed no easy task, especially for countries with troubled pasts.... read more
March 24, 2014

Judiciary Cancels New Year Furloughs of Political Prisoners

Judiciary Cancels New Year Furloughs of Political Prisoners Against customary practice, the Iranian Judiciary prohibited New Year furloughs for political prisoners this year. According to Kaleme website, despite earlier promises by the Tehran Prosecutor, Head of the Iranian Judiciary Sadegh Larijani issued an internal memorandum ordering the denial of furlough for political prisoners.... read more
March 24, 2014

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence "I have come here because as an Iranian citizen I, my family, and especially my brother, were treated unjustly. We were innocent from the very beginning. There are many like us in Iran's prisons who are innocent. I came here to be the voice of other innocent people," former political prisoner Hamid Ghassemi-Shaal said to the UN Human Rights Council before speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in Geneva.... 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 18, 2014

Left Behind By Iranian Delegation in Geneva, Larijani Attacks the UN from Tehran

Left Behind By Iranian Delegation in Geneva, Larijani Attacks the UN from Tehran A leading Iranian official held a press conference in Tehran today attacking the UN Human Rights Council, the Secretary General, and the Special Rapporteur for their reports on cases of violations of human rights in Iran. Meanwhile, members of the Iranian delegation in Geneva and supporting NGOs spoke to the International Campaign for Human Rights [...]... 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 17, 2014

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed Today, March 17, 2014, Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, officially presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. Stating that he had met with representatives from the Iranian Judiciary and other government organizations in Geneva, Shaheed said, “the report before the Council demonstrates that [...]... read more
March 15, 2014

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians  Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed On Friday, March 14, 2014, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, held a press conference at the UN in Geneva to discuss his new report to the Human Rights Council. When asked about his opinion on the personal attacks made on him and the UN by [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, released his third report to the UN Human Rights Council today, emphasizing alarm over the surge in the number of executions, as well as lack of independence of the Iranian Judiciary. For his research the Special Rapporteur interviewed more than 130 [...]... read more