The U.N. and Iran

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
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 28, 2015

Cartoon 123: Jason Rezaian and Rouhani in New York

Cartoon 123: Jason Rezaian and Rouhani in New York In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would be  willing to discuss release of American prisoners, such as Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, if the U.S. is willing to releases Iranians in its prisons. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the story.... 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 15, 2015

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care Authorities Routinely Refuse Medical Treatment to Political Prisoners September 16, 2015—Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani died of a stroke on September 13, 2015, at Rajaee Shahr Prison in the Iranian city of Karaj, days after prison authorities refused him medical treatment. Zamani had repeatedly gone to the prison infirmary during the previous days, reporting severe chest […]... read more
September 14, 2015

Khamenei Consolidates Power over Internet Policy in Hard Line Council He Controls

Khamenei Consolidates Power over Internet Policy in Hard Line Council He Controls Move Cuts Rouhani Administration Out of Decisions on Internet Access September 14, 2015—Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has announced that authority for Internet policy will be exclusively centered in the country’s Supreme Cyberspace Council, a move that will consolidate decision-making power over the Internet into an organization the hardline cleric controls. Previously there were multiple […]... read more
September 8, 2015

House Arrest of Presidential Candidates, Long a Taboo Topic, Emerges as Public Issue Again in Iran

House Arrest of Presidential Candidates, Long a Taboo Topic, Emerges as Public Issue Again in Iran Three days after President Hassan Rouhani suggested the possibility of a legal solution to the long-running house arrest of Iran’s former presidential candidates, his Minister of Justice, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, said the house arrests were a product of security issues during an earlier period of unrest and that now could be the time to revisit the issue. […]... read more
September 4, 2015

Over 40,000 Girls under Age 15 Married Each Year in Iran

Over 40,000 Girls under Age 15 Married Each Year in Iran Official Iranian government statistics show that tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are married off by their families each year in Iran. The numbers may actually even be quite higher. Many families in Iran do not register underage marriages, or do so illegally, according to attorney Shima Ghoosheh, who spoke to […]... read more
September 1, 2015

Leading Societal Figures in Iran Urge Americans to Support Nuclear Deal

Leading Societal Figures in Iran Urge Americans to Support Nuclear Deal More than fifty prominent members of Iranian society have written an open letter to the American people urging them to ask their Congressional representatives to support the nuclear agreement reached with Iran in July 2015. Describing themselves as “a group of Iranian civil society activists, intellectuals, journalists, lawyers, university professors, religious [scholars], senior members of political parties […]... read more
August 31, 2015

74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran The following letter, written by 74 prominent Iranians representing many spheres of civil society, urges members of the U. S. Congress to support nuclear agreement with Iran. The signers of the text hold diverse views on sociopolitical issues but identify themselves as critics of the Iranian regime. They include academics, professionals, peace and human rights […]... read more
August 17, 2015

Amputations Do Not Prevent Crime, Legal Expert Says

Amputations Do Not Prevent Crime, Legal Expert Says The Iranian Judiciary’s continued practice, under the direction of Sadegh Amoli Larijani, of carrying out amputations as a routine punishment, is not only in direct conflict with international treaties Iran has signed, it has also utterly failed to prevent crime, according to Hossein Raeesi, attorney and legal expert. Speaking to the International Campaign for Human […]... read more