Press releases

April 26, 2012

Callous Border Security Guns Down 70 Couriers in Iran

Callous Border Security Guns Down 70 Couriers in Iran The Iranian government should immediately investigate the numerous cases of border security forces killing couriers in the northwestern provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, and Kermanshah, and hold accountable those responsible for such callous use of unlawful force, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The government should also review its border security measures and the growing pattern of excessive use of lethal force, and should adopt clear polices to stop read more
April 11, 2012

Raising Their Voices: New Video of Iranian Views on the Military Option

Raising Their Voices: New Video of Iranian Views on the Military Option (11 April 2012) Today the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a short video and accompanying letter-writing campaign featuring the viewpoints of eight prominent Iranians on the domestic consequences of a potential attack on Iran. These views are drawn from a 38-page report, Raising Their Voices: Iranian Civil Society Reflections on the Military Option, based on interviews with 35 leading and influential Iranian civil society activists, lawyers, intellectuals, and ... read more
March 22, 2012

Strong UN Support for Iran Special Rapporteur Shown as His Mandate is Renewed

Strong UN Support for Iran Special Rapporteur Shown as His Mandate is Renewed (22 March 2012) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today welcomed the Human Rights Council’s 22 to 5 vote extending the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran for another year. Facing the international community’s resolve to address the country’s human rights crisis, Iranian authorities should begin cooperating with Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed and allow him unhampered access to the country, the ... read more
March 7, 2012

UN Report Documents “Striking Pattern of Violations”

UN Report Documents “Striking Pattern of Violations” The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today welcomed the comprehensive report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, as a significant document that gives voice to the victims of widespread violations. The Campaign called on the Iranian government to end its absolute lack of cooperation with UN mechanisms and its systematic violations of its international obligations and to work with the Special Rapporteur ... read more
February 29, 2012

Iranian Cinema: Acclaimed Abroad, Under Siege at Home (Commentary)

Iranian Cinema: Acclaimed Abroad, Under Siege at Home (Commentary) At a moment when millions of people -- including many Iranians -- were watching to see what Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi would say in his Oscar acceptance speech, Farhadi chose to talk about the concerns of the Iranian people and "the dust of politics" that has overshadowed the hopes and dreams of a nation.... read more
February 26, 2012

Iranian Lawyers Need Independence

Iranian Lawyers Need Independence Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Iranian Bar Association’s independence. In February 1954, after a tireless campaign by some prominent lawyers, Iran’s legislators passed a law recognizing the independence of the Bar. This victory was in part meant to allow lawyers to defend the rights of their clients without repercussions and state intervention. Nonetheless over the last 58 years Iranian authorities have continually infringed upon the work of lawyers and eroded the independence ... read more
February 22, 2012

UN Telecommunications Body Requires Iran to Stop Satellite Jamming

UN Telecommunications Body Requires Iran to Stop Satellite Jamming Rights Groups Prompt Tougher International Laws Regarding Jamming The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today welcomed a new International Telecommunication Union (ITU) regulation requiring governments take “necessary action” to stop jamming of satellite broadcasts from within their jurisdiction.... read more
February 8, 2012

Supreme Leader Directly Responsible for Illegal Detentions of Opposition Leaders

Supreme Leader Directly Responsible for Illegal Detentions of Opposition Leaders (8 February 2012) Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, should immediately release the three opposition leaders who have spent the last year under illegal house arrest and stop using extrajudicial and inhumane methods to silence political opponents, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more
February 2, 2012

Ahead of Elections, Arrests and Coerced Confessions Ramp Up

Ahead of Elections, Arrests and Coerced Confessions Ramp Up (2 February 2012) The Iranian judiciary should immediately stop its widespread campaign of intimidation against journalists and their family members, theInternational Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The Campaign also called for an end to the illegal coercion of detainees.... read more
February 1, 2012

Revoke Execution Sentence of Web Programmer

Revoke Execution Sentence of Web Programmer (1 February 2012) Iran should immediately suspend the death sentence for web programmer and Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour and investigate allegations of his torture, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more
January 26, 2012

Ebadi Calls for a Campaign to Release Opposition Leaders

Ebadi Calls for a Campaign to Release Opposition Leaders (26 January 2012) Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, today called for a sustained international campaign for the release of three opposition leaders under house arrest for nearly a year. “I support the call [of political prisoners] and invite all freedom-loving people across the globe to do all they can for the release of prisoners of conscience in Iran, particularly Ms. Zahra Rahnavard, Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mr. Mehdi Karroubi,” Ebadi said in her statement released today.... read more
January 22, 2012

International Body Should End Iran’s Illegal Satellite Jamming

International Body Should End Iran’s Illegal Satellite Jamming Call to Action to Stop Widespread Censorship Activists Launching Protest at Geneva Gathering of World Radiocommunication Conference (23 January 2012) The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), the UN regulatory gathering opening today in Geneva, should take decisive steps to end the Iranian government’s illegal and widespread jamming of satellite signals, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. “This year’s Conference is facing a serious challenge ... read more