Iranians are largely unable to purchase or use international tech products, due to tech companies’ overcompliance with US sanctions that are vague and outdated. As a result, they use Iranian products that allow the government to block content and eavesdrop at will. This policy briefing provides recommendations for actions the US government and technology companies could take—without lifting any sanctions—that would provide much needed support for safe online communication and freedom of expression in Iran.
CHRI’s “Days to Remember” Now Available on Amazon A Special Gift for Friends and Family Who Support Human Rights December 9, 2020—Days to Remember: International Human Rights Days and the Pursuit of Human Dignity in Iran, a collection of beautifully rendered illustrations accompanied by fascinating essays on the state of human rights in Iran, is […]
May 27, 2020 — A new report released today by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) documents the extraordinary state violence that was used against protesters in Iran during the unrest that gripped the country in November 2019 and January 2020. The 66-page report, Gunning Them Down: State Violence against Protesters in Iran, […]
52-page report “Just Like Other Kids": Lack of Access to Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities in Iran” documents discrimination and barriers to education in the country’s public school system for most children with disabilities.
For 10 years, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has been working to support the basic rights and freedoms of the Iranian people and hold the Iranian government accountable to its international human rights obligations. We’ve relentlessly investigated and documented rights violations, developed diverse and innovative platforms to deliver this information to a […]
Brussels, June 27, 2018–People with disabilities in Iran face discrimination, abuse, and an inaccessible environment, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report released today. The 72-page report, “‘I Am Equally Human’: Discrimination and Lack of Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Iran,” documents the everyday […]
This report examines the Iranian Judiciary's ban on the Telegram messaging app, which as of 2018 was integrated into all aspects of daily life in Iran and had some 40 million active users in the country. It assesses what it means for Iranians' digital rights, for the Rouhani government and its professed support for internet freedom, and for broader economic and social rights in Iran. The report examines the ban in the context of the state’s massive, decade-long investment in the country’s national internet infrastructure, which has been designed to restrict Iranians to a digital world controlled and censored by the authorities. It incorporates interviews with dozens of Iranians across the political spectrum inside the Islamic Republic.
This report is essential reading for policymakers and officials charting a forward path with the Islamic Republic. It provides an in-depth review of the Citizens’ Rights Charter and analysis of the political dynamics affecting human rights in Iran. The report establishes that the charter has no ability to impact the rights situation in Iran and has done harm by distracting attention from the causes of rights abuses and the reforms needed. It is based on extensive CHRI reporting and interviews over the 2013-2018 period, in-depth analysis of state policy and detailed review of human rights cases in Iran.
The state crackdown that crushed the protests that erupted across Iran in late December 2017 was marked by violence and brutal disregard for the law. This CHRI briefing, based on interviews with released detainees, the families and attorneys of detainees, and journalists and human rights defenders inside Iran, provides a detailed look at the mass arrests, systematic denial of counsel, campaign of intimidation against detainees and their families, and ill treatment and deaths inside the prisons that characterized the state response to the unrest.
Guards at the Gate: The Expanding State Control Over the Internet in Iran provides an in-depth review of Iran’s internet policies and initiatives, in particular, the development of its state-controlled National Internet Network (NIN), which gives the government newly expanded abilities to control Iranians’ access to the internet and monitor their online communication.
Hassan Rouhani was re-elected as president of Iran in May 2017 largely on the basis of his support for human rights and Iranians’ perceptions that he would do more to improve civil and political rights in the country than his rivals. He should now deliver on his pledges.
This briefing documents the growing suppression of political voices in Iran by hardliners who wish to prevent President Hassan Rouhani, from winning a second term in the May 19election. The election is taking place in a context of increasing arrests of journalists and activists, the blocking of social media platforms, and growing concerns regarding polling irregularities and the ability of the citizenry to participate in free and fair elections.