Religious Freedom

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
January 29, 2016

Student of Imprisoned Iranian Spiritual Leader Facing Trial for Supporting Him

Student of Imprisoned Iranian Spiritual Leader Facing Trial for Supporting Him The student of a spiritual leader in Iran who has been imprisoned for his alternative beliefs, has been summoned to court for attending a gathering in support of his freedom. The trial of Sara Saei, a student of Mohammad Ali Taheri, will begin on February 9, 2016 at Branch 1060 of the Tehran Criminal Court, […]... 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
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 19, 2015

Khamenei Rails against US “Plots” and Authorities Chime in with Crackdown

Khamenei Rails against US “Plots” and Authorities Chime in with Crackdown 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. The crackdown has resulted in the arrests and prosecutions of growing numbers of […]... 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
October 30, 2015

Clerical Battles over Legally Sanctioned Retaliatory Killings and Stoning Continues in Iran

Clerical Battles over Legally Sanctioned Retaliatory Killings and Stoning Continues in Iran Controversy over Strict Adherence to Islamic Law Dates Back to 1979 Revolution A battle over the necessity of strict adherence to Islamic law, including Quranic punishments that in modern times have been designated by the UN as tantamount to torture, has been underway in Iran since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979. The […]... 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
October 15, 2015

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader on Hunger Strike Has Become “Like a Skeleton”

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader on Hunger Strike Has Become “Like a Skeleton” The family of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the imprisoned leader of a peaceful spiritual group, is alarmed by his deteriorating health after his two month-long hunger strike. He began the hunger strike on August 13, 2015 to protest his unjust prosecution, imprisonment, and solitary confinement since 2011. “After Mohammad’s 58th day on hunger strike, his relatives visited […]... 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