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Amidst Iran’s deepening crisis, officials are doing all they can to prevent outside scrutiny of human rights conditions in the country, while proclaiming to respect their international obligations. Mohammad-Javad Larijani, head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, along with other officials, consistently obfuscate any serious international discussion of the country’s deteriorating human rights record by engaging in distortion or misrepresentation of facts and by diverting criticism with discussion of issues extraneous to their record. The Campaign has compiled public statements made by Larijani and other Iranian officials in this report and compared them with Iran’s actual human rights record.


Official Distortion & Disinformation: A Guide to Iran’s Human Rights Crisis


1. Cooperation with UN Human Rights Mechanisms

2. Executions

3. Torture

4. Arbitrary Detention of Government Critics

5. Freedom of Expression and Association

6. Ethnic Discrimination

7. Freedom of Religion

8. Right to Education