Religious Freedom

January 13, 2017

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted […]... read more
December 22, 2016

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation Five months before his second term re-election bid, President Hassan Rouhani signed his government’s “Charter on Citizens’ Rights” on December 19, 2016. The announcement was touted as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge, but the document, which promises the “observance and advancement” of the rights afforded to Iranian citizens by the Constitution, is not legally binding […]... read more
December 19, 2016

Protestant Church Property Confiscated in Iran by Khamenei-Supervised Organization

Protestant Church Property Confiscated in Iran by Khamenei-Supervised Organization The largest Persian-speaking Protestant community in Iran, Jama’at-e Rabbani, has announced that it has been stripped of its ownership of Sharon Gardens, a large and valuable piece of real estate in the city of Karaj, by an organization operating under the supervision of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. “They have simply charged the community with espionage […]... read more
December 16, 2016

Five Gonabadi Dervishes Arrested in Iran Amid Ongoing Persecution Campaign

Five Gonabadi Dervishes Arrested in Iran Amid Ongoing Persecution Campaign Five dervishes of the Sufi Gonabadi Order were arrested in the southern Iranian city of Dezful on December 13, 2016 after obeying a summons to appear at the prosecutor’s office, their lawyer Kasra Nouri told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Gholamreza Abarkar, Masoud Majdinasab, Hassan Diapour, Ghassem Manegari and Mohammad Maleki had […]... read more
December 2, 2016

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel Case fabricated “for the purpose of extortion and property seizure” says US-based family member* December 2, 2016—Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention in Tehran’s Evin Prison without public charge or access to counsel since their arrest by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) […]... read more
November 18, 2016

Location of Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Unknown a Month After He Allegedly Fell Into a Coma

Location of Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Unknown a Month After He Allegedly Fell Into a Coma The family of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri has not been informed of his location since October 18, 2016, when he was allegedly hospitalized after falling into a coma due to a three-week hunger strike. “We don’t know if my brother is alive or dead,” Taheri’s sister, Azardokht Taheri, told the International Campaign for […]... 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
November 15, 2016

Baha’i Businesses Shuttered Across Iran in Ongoing Persecution Campaign

Baha’i Businesses Shuttered Across Iran in Ongoing Persecution Campaign Dozens of businesses in Iran owned by members of the Baha’i faith have been indefinitely shut down by the authorities after some owners closed their establishments to honor the birthdays of two of the faith’s holiest figures. “We have done nothing wrong, but we know that the closure of Baha’i businesses on this scale throughout […]... read more
November 4, 2016

Baha’i Artist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Teaching Art Classes in His Home Awaits Appeal Results

Baha’i Artist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Teaching Art Classes in His Home Awaits Appeal Results Shahriar Siroos, an Iranian Baha’i artist who was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge of establishing a group to “perturb the security of the country” for teaching art classes in his home, is awaiting a decision on his appeal. A legal analyst, who asked not to be identified, told the International Campaign […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is Sixty-three-year old Farhang Amiri, a Baha’i man that was well-known in his community, was stabbed to death outside his home in the city of Yazd, 312 miles southeast of Tehran, on September 26, 2016, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “The suspects have confessed that they killed Amiri because he was […]... read more
October 22, 2016

Authorities Conceal Location of Imprisoned Hunger-Striking Spiritual Thinker After He Slips Into a Coma

Authorities Conceal Location of Imprisoned Hunger-Striking Spiritual Thinker After He Slips Into a Coma After three weeks on hunger strike, imprisoned spiritual thinker Mohammad Ali Taheri went into a coma and underwent emergency medical treatment on October 18, 2016, but the authorities are not revealing his location, his sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Attorney Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee told my brother’s wife on Wednesday (October 19) that […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 158: Football match goes ahead despite religious objections

Cartoon 158: Football match goes ahead despite religious objections The World Cup qualifying match between Iran and South Korea coincided with the Tasoua religious holiday in Iran, prompting some religious and military factions to demand the match be canceled. Four years ago FIFA had turned down Iran’s request to change the match date. With great popular support, the match went ahead despite efforts by […]... read more