Ethnic Discrimination

February 27, 2017

Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages

Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages A former member of Parliament and Iranian-Kurdish rights activist, Jalal Jalalizadeh, has strongly criticized the Islamic Republic’s refusal to recognize the constitutional right of ethnic minorities to preserve their languages. Eighty-eight civil rights activists have meanwhile sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani demanding the implementation of that right. The government’s refusal to enforce Article […]... read more
February 23, 2017

Four Azeri Rights Activists Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

Four Azeri Rights Activists Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism Four Iranian ethnic Azerbaijanis have been issued long prison sentences for peacefully defending their rights, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. One defendant, Alireza Farshi, told the Campaign that Branch 1 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court had sentenced him to 15 years in prison and two years in exile while three of his […]... read more
February 22, 2017

Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners  

Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners   Iran’s most senior Sunni cleric, Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, has written to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking him to “calm the worries of the Sunni community” over reports that an order has been issued to speed up scheduled executions of Sunni death-row prisoners. In a letter published on February 20, 2017, Molavi Abdolhamid pointed to […]... read more
February 21, 2017

Briefing: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Briefing: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran Twitter was partially unblocked in Iran by the authorities during the last two months of 2016, paving the way for millions to access it, according to an investigation by the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The quiet unblocking of the social media network in November 2016 was followed by an uptick in usage of the site by […]... read more
February 15, 2017

Intelligence Ministry Violently Arrests Teenage Ethnic Arab Activist in Khuzestan

Intelligence Ministry Violently Arrests Teenage Ethnic Arab Activist in Khuzestan Ali Kab-Aomair, a 17-year-old ethnic Arab activist, has been held incommunicado since he was violently arrested on February 8, 2017 by agents of the Intelligence Ministry in Ahwaz, Khuzestan Province (southwestern Iran). The agents, who broke Kab-Aomair’s arm while arresting him, were watching Kab-Aomair for at least a month before they detained him, his cousin […]... read more
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