Ethnic Discrimination

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
December 21, 2015

Rouhani and Judiciary Clash over Ban on Publishing Images of Former President Khatami

Rouhani and Judiciary Clash over Ban on Publishing Images of Former President Khatami The Rouhani administration and the hardline-dominated Judiciary in Iran are engaged in an increasingly direct confrontation over the ability of Iranian media to publish images of the former (1997-2005) reformist President Mohammad Khatami. With claims and counterclaims volleying back and forth over the existence of—and legality of—a ban on published images of Khatami, the brouhaha […]... read more
November 30, 2015

Cartoon 130: Infiltration

Cartoon 130: Infiltration Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. Read more here and  […]... read more
November 17, 2015

Fifteen Baha’is Arrested by Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry

Fifteen Baha’is Arrested by Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry In a fresh crackdown on Iran’s Baha’i community, one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran, 15 followers of the faith were simultaneously arrested in Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashhad on November 15, 2015, by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence agents. Padideh Sabeti, a spokesperson for the Baha’i International Community, told the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
November 10, 2015

Sunni Kurd Faces Imminent Execution for His Activism

Sunni Kurd Faces Imminent Execution for His Activism Shahram Ahmadi has been sentenced to death in Iran due to his activism as a Sunni Muslim and a Kurd. Members of ethnic or religious minorities in Iran who engage in criticism of the government are singled out by authorities for particularly harsh treatment, and there is a well-documented history of the Judiciary disproportionately meting out […]... read more
October 29, 2015

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country International Community Should Pursue Human Rights with Same Commitment as the Nuclear Deal October 29, 2015—The international community should urge Iranian authorities to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, into the country, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Impact Iran in a new […]... read more
September 23, 2015

Rouhani and Undelivered Promises (Video)

Rouhani and Undelivered Promises (Video) When Rouhani campaigned for the presidency in June 2013, he said he had “the key” to solve Iran’s problems. Those problems included hundreds of political prisoners in Iran, some dating back to the disputed 2009 presidential election. More than two years later, the prisoners remain behind bars, the three Green Movement opposition leaders begin their […]... read more
September 22, 2015

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed September 22, 2015—When Iranian president Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015, his third trip to the organization’s New York headquarters since his election in June 2013, he will stand on a record of great success in the nuclear negotiations—and abject failure in delivering on his pledges to defend basic […]... read more
September 8, 2015

Kurdish Prisoner Executed despite Pending Supreme Court Appeal

Kurdish Prisoner Executed despite Pending Supreme Court Appeal Brother Says Confession was Elicited under Torture The Iranian Kurdish political prisoner Behrouz Alkhani was executed in Orumiyeh Prison’s courtyard on August 26, 2015, without a final decision on his appeal from the Supreme Court, his brother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mansour Alkhani, who is currently in Turkey, added that […]... read more
August 24, 2015

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence Mortazavi Verdict Shows Officials Still Enjoy Impunity even in Cases of Torture and Death of Prisoners. The former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, was acquitted on August 19, 2015, on charges connected to the torture and deaths of three young men at the Kahrizak detention center in 2009, but the relatives of the victims insist the fight […]... read more