Religious Freedom

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
September 7, 2016

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity”

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity” This article has been updated on September 12, 2016 to reflect the correct number of original signatories. In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, more than one hundred Iranians living outside Iran, including several prominent civil, academic, and human rights figures, have asked for the recognition of the […]... read more
July 27, 2016

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Interferes in Case of Imprisoned Christian

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Interferes in Case of Imprisoned Christian Case Exposes Judiciary’s Lack of Independence Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has directly interfered in the case of imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran—who has been on hunger strike to persuade the authorities to consider her for early release—in another example of the Judiciary’s lack of independence. “An official from the Intelligence Ministry met my daughter […]... read more
July 23, 2016

Cartoon 149: Worthless Versus Valuable “Likes”

Cartoon 149: Worthless Versus Valuable “Likes” At a June 23, 2016 public meeting with poets chosen and invited by his administration, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said: “I have heard that some publish their poetry on the Internet. For example, someone wrote something that is worthless, but imagine that it receives several thousand ‘likes!’ Those ‘likes’ are worthless. What gives worth […]... read more
July 13, 2016

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, imprisoned since 2013, has vowed to continue the hunger strike she began on July 5, 2016 until her demand for early conditional release is met, her mother, Zahra Pour-Nouhi Langroudi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “I’m really worried for her. It has been seven days […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows This commentary was originally published in the World Politics Review. Hadi Ghaemi There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It […]... read more
July 8, 2016

Guilt by Association: Peaceful Demonstrators Slapped with Suspended Lashing and Prison Sentences

Guilt by Association: Peaceful Demonstrators Slapped with Suspended Lashing and Prison Sentences Some of the accused were falsely declared followers of an imprisoned spiritual leader. Fourteen people have been handed suspended prison and flogging sentences for allegedly calling for the release of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, but five of the accused are actually civil rights activists who were rounded up at the same time as […]... read more
June 21, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights ICHRI– When Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country’s abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government’s inability—or reluctance—to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it.  At a press conference in Norway on June 13, 2016, […]... read more
June 17, 2016

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection The leadership of the Yarsan faith in northwestern Iran has written to Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, seeking his blessing for a constitutional amendment that would end discrimination against the faith’s followers and recognize their religious beliefs. “As members of a civic organization we wrote a letter to the supreme leader in March 2015 because […]... read more
June 10, 2016

Executive Summary

This report by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran seeks to shine a spotlight on the inmates of the Women’s Ward at Iran’s Evin Prison. It is based on testimonies and eyewitness accounts by prisoners in the ward, which were confirmed by recently released prisoners and family members of the ward’s prisoners. At […]... read more
June 8, 2016

Christian Convert Repeatedly Imprisoned for his Faith Denied Timely Adjudication

Christian Convert Repeatedly Imprisoned for his Faith Denied Timely Adjudication A Christian convert’s appeal against his five-year prison sentence has not been adjudicated more than a year after his third conviction on repeated charges related to his new faith, a source knowledgeable about the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  Ebrahim Firoozi, a 31-year-old welder from the city of Robat Karim […]... read more