Ethnic Discrimination

January 17, 2017

Political Prisoners on Death Row in Iran Fear Reinstatement of Long-Term Visitations Ban

Political Prisoners on Death Row in Iran Fear Reinstatement of Long-Term Visitations Ban Political prisoners Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, both ethnic Kurds on death row in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, have been denied visitations since mid-December 2016 without reason and worry a previous ban that lasted for years has been reinstated.  “I don’t have a good feeling about this visitation ban,” Loghman Moradi told the Campaign […]... read more
December 20, 2016

Five Political Prisoners in Iran on Life-Threatening Hunger Strikes in Desperate Bid for Case Reviews

Five Political Prisoners in Iran on Life-Threatening Hunger Strikes in Desperate Bid for Case Reviews The lives of at least three imprisoned civil rights activists in Iran are perilously in danger after suffering health complications from weeks on hunger strike, while another has sewn his lips shut, but judicial authorities have yet to respond to their demands, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.  Saeed Shirzad, Arash […]... read more
November 16, 2016

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights Resolution Passes UN General Assembly Third Committee November 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the United Nations’ adoption of a resolution expressing serious concern over numerous human rights violations in Iran, including the systematic use of arbitrary detention and discrimination against women and minorities, as well as the “alarmingly high” frequency and […]... read more
October 20, 2016

Azeri Rights Activist in Critical Condition After Starting Second Hunger Strike in Tabriz Prison

Azeri Rights Activist in Critical Condition After Starting Second Hunger Strike in Tabriz Prison Imprisoned Azeri rights activist Rasoul Razavi has received emergency medical treatment on several occasions since he started a hunger strike in Tabriz Prison on October 3, 2016, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Iranian Azerbaijanis, also known as Azeris and Turks, are Iranians of Azerbaijani ethnicity who come from […]... read more
September 27, 2016

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith Iranian authorities have ignored requests to reinstate a student expelled from a university because of his faith. Nineteen-year-old Faraz Karin-Kani Sisan was expelled from Ghiyaseddin Jamshid Kashani Institute for Higher Education (GJKI) in Abyek, Alborz Province, 62 miles northwest of Tehran, after completing his second term in development studies.  “In the national university entrance exam […]... read more
September 13, 2016

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison Imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who has been hospitalized since August 21, 2016 for heart problems, has been denied an extension of her medical furlough (temporary leave), a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After going through two hunger strikes in Evin Prison, prison officials and the prosecutor allowed […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Sunni Cleric Charged with Anti-State Activities for Criticizing Mass Execution

Sunni Cleric Charged with Anti-State Activities for Criticizing Mass Execution Hassan Amini, a Sunni cleric and Islamic judge based in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan Province, has been interrogated and charged for criticizing the recent mass execution of Sunni prisoners. “They summoned me [to the Intelligence Ministry’s office in Sanandaj] in connection with a statement I issued about the [executions] and because I had […]... read more
August 10, 2016

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions Hangings Follow Twenty Prisoners Executed Last Week Five prisoners were hanged inside Iran’s Orumiyeh Central Prison in West Azerbaijan Province on the morning of August 8, 2016, in what appears to be an accelerating pace of executions in the Islamic Republic. Last week 20 Sunni prisoners were killed in another mass execution in the city […]... read more
August 5, 2016

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released Only 10 of the 20 Sunni Prisoners Killed Are Identified by Authorities Iran is withholding the names of ten of the twenty Sunni prisoners who were executed in Rajaee Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj on August 2, 2016 even though the prosecutor general and the Intelligence Ministry have made statements on the executions. […]... read more
August 2, 2016

Lawyers Still Languishing in Jails in Iran for Defending Dissidents Under Rouhani’s Watch

Lawyers Still Languishing in Jails in Iran for Defending Dissidents Under Rouhani’s Watch Campaign Pledges Three Years Ago to Free Political Prisoners Now Ring Hollow Dozens of human rights lawyers who have been imprisoned for years in Iran for defending civil rights and political prisoners, remain behind bars three years after President Hassan Rouhani came to office, despite his campaign pledge to free political prisoners. Some have been […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows This commentary was originally published in the World Politics Review. Hadi Ghaemi There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It […]... read more
June 17, 2016

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection The leadership of the Yarsan faith in northwestern Iran has written to Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, seeking his blessing for a constitutional amendment that would end discrimination against the faith’s followers and recognize their religious beliefs. “As members of a civic organization we wrote a letter to the supreme leader in March 2015 because […]... read more