Ethnic Discrimination

April 18, 2016

Imprisoned Young Physicist Stricken with Cancer after Years of Denied Medical Care

Imprisoned Young Physicist  Stricken with Cancer after Years of Denied Medical Care April 18, 2016—Prisoner of conscience Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who has been imprisoned in Iran for over five years for his refusal to work on military research for the Islamic Republic, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer after years in which prison authorities denied him treatment for his kidney illness. Kokabee should be released […]... read more
April 11, 2016

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani?

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani? ... read more
March 14, 2016

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation This video explains why it is so imperative that the United Nations Human Rights Council ensures the Special Rapporteur and other UN mechanisms continue their critical work of monitoring Iran’s human rights situation, given the severe rights violations that persist in Iran and Tehran’s refusal to implement the dozens of promises it has made to […]... read more
February 22, 2016

Iranian Kurdish Filmmaker Sentenced to 223 Lashes and One Year in Prison

Iranian Kurdish Filmmaker Sentenced to 223 Lashes and One Year in Prison Keyvan Karimi, an Iranian Kurdish documentary filmmaker, has been sentenced to 223 lashes and one year in prison for “insulting the sacred.” Karimi’s initial six-year prison sentence by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh in October 2015 has been reduced by an Appeals Court to 12 months in prison and a five-year suspended prison term. Karimi, 30, was […]... read more
February 11, 2016

Press Reports Reveal Abuse Against Afghan Students in Iranian Schools

Press Reports Reveal Abuse Against Afghan Students in Iranian Schools Afghan students are being subjected to physical punishment and discrimination in Iranian schools, according to media reports in Iran that the government has tried to suppress. “News about abused students in general, and Afghan students in particular, only pop up in the media by accident because the monitoring agencies and the Education Ministry try to […]... read more
February 11, 2016

Cartoon 138: “Explosion of Light,” Not!

Cartoon 138: “Explosion of Light,” Not! The Islamic Republic of Iran refers to the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution as the “Explosion of Light.” But the reality is quite dark…filled with repression, denial of the most basic rights and freedoms, imprisonment, and executions. Touka Neyestani’s comment on the February 11th anniversary that marks 37 years since the Revolution.... read more
February 9, 2016

Iranian Judicial Officials Suggest Kurdish Prisoner Will Get Temporary Leave if She Agrees to Televised “Confession”

Iranian Judicial Officials Suggest Kurdish Prisoner Will Get Temporary Leave if She Agrees to Televised “Confession” Iran’s judicial authorities have hinted that Kurdish prisoner of conscience Zeinab Jalalian could go on furlough if she agreed to a televised confession, according to her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif. “They don’t want to let her out or if they do, it would be conditional,” Sharif told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Given […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith Twenty-four Baha’is from northeastern Iran have been handed down sentences that range from six to eleven years “simply for being Baha’is,” according to Simin Fahandej, the faith’s spokesperson at the United Nations in New York. The Baha’i community is one of the most severely persecuted religious minorities in Iran. The faith is not recognized in […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Dispute between Judicial Officials on the Release of Kurdish Human Rights Activist Keeps Him in Prison

Dispute between Judicial Officials on the Release of Kurdish Human Rights Activist Keeps Him in Prison The prominent Kurdish human rights activist, Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, has been recommended for conditional release by the chief warden of the notorious Evin Prison, but the prosecutor in his case has so far refused to consent, according to Kaboudvand’s wife. Parinaz Baghban Hassani also told the Campaign that during the eight years her husband has […]... read more
January 13, 2016

Sunni Detainees Still Held a Year After Arrest, Reports of Torture and Forced Confessions

Sunni Detainees Still Held a Year After Arrest, Reports of Torture and Forced Confessions A year after the arrest of more than two dozen Sunni Muslim men in southeast Iran, some of them still remain in detention and have reportedly been subjected to torture aimed at eliciting confessions and the denial of access to lawyers, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. A relative of one […]... read more
January 4, 2016

Persecution of Christian Converts Continues under Rouhani

Persecution of Christian Converts Continues under Rouhani Christian is Arrested and Taken to Unknown Location Despite President Hassan Rouhani’s pledges during his election campaign in 2013 that “All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice,” the targeting of Christian converts for state persecution and prosecution has continued unabated under his administration. Most recently, two days before Christmas, officials from the […]... read more
December 24, 2015

Death Sentence Against Spiritual Center Founder Rejected

Death Sentence Against Spiritual Center Founder Rejected Family Hopes for Taheri’s Release at End of Prison Term in 2016 With the lifting of the death sentence against spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, his family is hoping for his release at the end of his prison term in mid-spring 2016. “Saeed Khalili, one of my brother’s lawyers, has seen the Supreme Court’s verdict […]... read more