Press releases

September 17, 2014

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated (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
July 15, 2014

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations July 16, 2014— In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today, Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers.... read more
July 15, 2014

Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations

Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations As this study demonstrates, leading Iranian civil society figures support the P5+1 nuclear negotiations and hope for a successful deal. No one can presume that such a deal will automatically lead to improvements in human rights and civil liberties in Iran. Yet the perpetuation of tensions over the nuclear file is likely to result in continued gross human rights violations. For the past decade, Iran’s nuclear activities have been the focus of international attention and the human rights ... read more
July 8, 2014

New Report Reveals Iranian TV’s Continued Human Rights Violations

New Report Reveals Iranian TV’s Continued Human Rights Violations July 8, 2014—The United States should reinstate sanctions on Iran’s state TV and radio broadcasting agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), for the continuation of its widespread human rights violations, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The US Treasury had issued a six-month waiver of IRIB sanctions in February 2014, which expires in August.... read more
June 2, 2014

State-run TV’s Disinformation Encourages Violence Against Women

State-run TV’s Disinformation Encourages Violence Against Women June 2, 2014—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls on President Rouhani to immediately institute supervision of Iran’s state TV and end the broadcast of programs that falsely defame dissidents and implicitly justify violence against women who do not wear the hijab, the compulsory dress that covers a woman’s head and body.... read more
May 20, 2014

Dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Lands Youths in Jail

Dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Lands Youths in Jail May 20, 2014—Six young men and women, who were arrested and detained in Tehran for making a video in which they danced to Pharrell William’s hit song “Happy,” should be immediately released, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. ... 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 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
February 20, 2014

Stop Death Sentence in Inquisition Trial

Stop Death Sentence in Inquisition Trial The Iranian Judiciary must rescind the execution sentence of Rouhollah Tavana for trumped-up charges of “insulting the Prophet,” and stop issuing death sentences for ever-expanding categories of crimes, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more
February 14, 2014

Release Government Critics from Three-Year House Arrest

Release Government Critics from Three-Year House Arrest The Iranian government must end the inhumane practice of holding its critics under house arrest for years without due process, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. February 14, 2014, marks three years since Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Zahra Rahnavard were placed under a de facto and illegal house arrest in Tehran.... 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 17, 2014

Iran Should Release Imprisoned Activist for Urgent Medical Treatment

Iran Should Release Imprisoned Activist for Urgent Medical Treatment The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release imprisoned student activist Bahareh Hedayat before continued imprisonment and lack of adequate medical treatment for her chronic reproductive system problems cause irreversible damage to her health, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The Judiciary and the Prisons Organization should also release the other activists still imprisoned for their peaceful protests of 2009, as allowed by Article 134 of the new Islamic ... read more