Ethnic Discrimination

May 24, 2016

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures In the wake of the intense criticism by Iranian officials and religious leaders of Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, for her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi, several exiled Iranian political figures have publicly voiced their condemnation of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. Faezeh Hashemi, a former MP from […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Young Kurdish Activist’s Mother: “My son is dying in prison”

Young Kurdish Activist’s Mother: “My son is dying in prison” Prisoner of conscience Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 27, is suffering from cancer in Minab Prison in southern Iran and could die from internal bleeding if he does not receive outside medical treatment immediately. “Afshin has developed intestinal cancer and is suffering from internal bleeding,” an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights Faezeh Hashemi, Daughter of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Criticized for Meeting with Baha’i Leader A high-ranking member of the Iranian Judiciary has said that action will be taken against Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of prominent former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, following her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi and other well-known civil rights activists […]... read more
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? In this new video, the Campaign asks Iranians from all walks of life inside and outside Iran to share their hopes and expectations of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the New Persian year.... 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