Torture

March 14, 2014

Human Rights Activist Rejects Criticism of her Meeting with Ashton

Human Rights Activist Rejects Criticism of her Meeting with Ashton Narges Mohammadi, the human rights activist at the center of a controversy over her meeting in Tehran with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, has defended her action. “Objections to our meeting with Ashton are harmful to the atmosphere of moderation and trust promised by the Rouhani Administration,” Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for […]... read more
March 13, 2014

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, released his third report to the UN Human Rights Council today, emphasizing alarm over the surge in the number of executions, as well as lack of independence of the Iranian Judiciary. For his research the Special Rapporteur interviewed more than 130 […]... read more
March 13, 2014

Joint Letter on Iran to the Human Rights Council

Joint Letter on Iran to the Human Rights Council Support Resolution to Renew the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. March 12, 2014 To: Member States of the Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We, the undersigned human rights and civil society groups, are writing to urge your government to support the resolution to renew the mandate of […]... read more
March 12, 2014

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother Almost immediately after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with a group of activists in Tehran, Iranian authorities unleashed a barrage of angry remarks and insults about her visit.... read more
March 5, 2014

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, said on March 4 that Iran's increased execution rate is a positive marker of Iranian achievement. Instead of criticizing Iran for its increasing number of executions, he said, "our expectation of international organizations and the world is to be grateful for this great service to humanity."... read more
February 27, 2014

Kurdish Death Row Inmate Hospitalized After Prison Beating

Kurdish Death Row Inmate Hospitalized After Prison Beating Loghman Moradi was due to appear at Branch 74 of Tehran Province Criminal Court on February 23. That morning agents told him to put on prison clothes in order to be transferred to court. "Loqhman refused to wear prison clothes and said 'I am a political prisoner and I have the right to appear in court in regular clothes'," Eghbal Moradi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
February 11, 2014

President Rouhani’s New Rights Charter

President Rouhani’s New Rights Charter On November 26, 2013, President Rouhani’s government published a draft Citizens’ Rights Charter and solicited public reaction. The publication of this draft within the first 100 days of his presidency was widely seen as a major step by his administration to address his promises to improve the state of human rights in Iran.... read more
January 31, 2014

Kurdish Prisoners Still Face Execution, Despite Possible Retrial

Kurdish Prisoners Still Face Execution, Despite Possible Retrial A new case with a new charge has been established at the Penal Court against Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, two Kurdish prisoners sentenced to death on "moharebeh (enmity with God)" charges, Zanyar Moradi's father told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Eghbal Moradi told the Campaign that due to pressure from human rights organizations to prevent the execution of Zanyar and Loghman Moradi on moharebeh charges, the Iranian Government is now reviewing their case under ... read more
January 30, 2014

“Drawing Repression”: New Book Illustrates 52 Weeks of Human Rights in Iran

“Drawing Repression”: New Book Illustrates 52 Weeks of Human Rights in Iran The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran announced today the publication of a new book of editorial cartoons chronicling one year of human rights issues in Iran. Drawn by prominent Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani, Drawing Repression: A Year in Cartoons features 52 weekly cartoons highlighting human rights issues over the course of Persian Solar Year 1391 (Spring 2012 – Spring 2013), the last year of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency.... read more
January 23, 2014

President Rouhani’s Draft Citizenship Rights Charter: English Translation

President Rouhani’s Draft Citizenship Rights Charter: English Translation The full English text of the Draft Citizenship Rights Charter proposed by President Hassan Rouhani and widely circulated for feedback, is available thanks to UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed and the Human Rights in Iran Unit at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College.... read more
January 15, 2014

Culture Minister Asks Judiciary to Provide More Freedom of Expression

Culture Minister Asks Judiciary to Provide More Freedom of Expression Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati publicly stated that the Iranian Judiciary should join the Rouhani administration in providing more freedom of expression to Iranian media and artists, drawing strong criticism from Iran's Prosecutor General and Spokesperson for the Judiciary Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi for his remarks to Al Jazeera.... read more
January 9, 2014

Rouhani’s Citizenship Rights Charter Contradicts Constitution, Says Iranian Lawyer

Rouhani’s Citizenship Rights Charter Contradicts Constitution, Says Iranian Lawyer In an exclusive interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, lawyer and human rights activist Mehrangiz Kar analyzed the various problems with the draft Citizenship Rights Charter presented by Hassan Rouhani last November, saying it is a "hodge podge of things" that both repeats and contradicts the Constitution, and it needs a more careful review by law professors and students.... read more