Hassan Rouhani

December 22, 2016

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation Five months before his second term re-election bid, President Hassan Rouhani signed his government’s “Charter on Citizens’ Rights” on December 19, 2016. The announcement was touted as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge, but the document, which promises the “observance and advancement” of the rights afforded to Iranian citizens by the Constitution, is not legally binding […]... read more
November 18, 2016

Rouhani Has Done Nothing to Free Political Prisoners and Is Being Called out for It

Rouhani Has Done Nothing to Free Political Prisoners and Is Being Called out for It A prominent Iranian political analyst has criticized President Hassan Rouhani for reneging on his pledge to free political prisoners and opposition leaders. The centrist cleric’s record as president will be heavily scrutinized ahead of Iran’s May 2017 presidential election as he vies for a second term. During an interview, Tehran University Political Science Professor Sadegh […]... read more
November 8, 2016

Judiciary Chief Accuses Rouhani of Hypocrisy Amid Battle Over Freedom of Expression in Iran

Judiciary Chief Accuses Rouhani of Hypocrisy Amid Battle Over Freedom of Expression in Iran Shortly after criticizing attacks on freedom of expression in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani was accused of hypocrisy by Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani, who claimed he had been asked by Rouhani to shut down a newspaper. Speaking at the opening session of the Tehran Press Exhibition on November 5, 2016, Rouhani said news media can’t serve the […]... read more
October 4, 2016

Rouhani Press Bills Would Further Erode Press Freedom in Iran

Rouhani Press Bills Would Further Erode Press Freedom in Iran Experts Suspect Intelligence Establishment’s Direct Influence The government of President Hassan Rouhani is preparing to introduce two bills to Parliament that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran. The first bill is designed to replace the current Press Law and the second would create a state […]... read more
August 2, 2016

Ninety-two Student Groups in Iran Criticize Rouhani for Unfulfilled Promises

Ninety-two Student Groups in Iran Criticize Rouhani for Unfulfilled Promises Ninety-two university student groups have issued a joint letter to President Hassan Rouhani criticizing the persistent “atmosphere of fear and intimidation” in Iran’s universities following a spate of attacks and sabotage against peaceful student activities.  “Programs organized by students with permission from the Ministry of Science are canceled without reason, including gatherings designed to bring […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members IRGC Actively Recruiting Technical Experts to Staff New Hacking Team April 26, 2016—Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country’s activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to Rouhani administration officials, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned, including close associates of President Hassan Rouhani and his […]... read more
April 11, 2016

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani?

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani? In this new video, the Campaign asks Iranians from all walks of life inside and outside Iran to share their hopes and expectations of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the New Persian year.... read more
March 28, 2016

Canadian Resident Sentenced to Three Years in Jail Shortly After Returning to Iran

Canadian Resident Sentenced to Three Years in Jail Shortly After Returning to Iran Political prisoner Mostafa Azizi, one of many émigrés who returned to Iran following assurances of their safe return by the Rouhani administration, has been sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 70 million rials (approximately $2,300 USD).  The appeals court upheld the sentence against the Canadian permanent resident for the charges of “acting against national […]... read more
March 8, 2016

Iran Elections: Reformists Win Voter Support Despite Roadblocks and Irregularities

Iran Elections: Reformists Win Voter Support Despite Roadblocks and Irregularities While facing non-stop impediments, reformists and centrists achieved significant gains in Iran’s recent elections, even after hardline bodies broke the law to prevent candidates close to President Hassan Rouhani from winning voter support. In addition to exhausting legal channels to prevent unfavorable candidates from running, the hardline Guardian Council, which vets all candidates, illegally enlisted […]... read more
March 3, 2016

Pro-Rouhani Political Prisoner Urged Iranians to Vote in 2016 Elections

Pro-Rouhani Political Prisoner Urged Iranians to Vote in 2016 Elections “Now President Rouhani should carry out his promise of two years ago to free political prisoners.” The mother of a young man believed to be the first political prisoner of the government of President Hassan Rouhani is calling for the release of all political prisoners, after her son urged support for the president from his […]... read more
January 12, 2016

Cartoon 134: Iranian Diplomacy

Cartoon 134: Iranian Diplomacy The Rouhani administration struggles for damage control following the January 2, 2016 attack by a vigilante group on the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran and the Saudi Consulate in Mashad, after a Shiite cleric was executed in Saudi Arabia. Several countries have severed or downgraded relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the wake […]... read more
December 21, 2015

Rouhani and Judiciary Clash over Ban on Publishing Images of Former President Khatami

Rouhani and Judiciary Clash over Ban on Publishing Images of Former President Khatami The Rouhani administration and the hardline-dominated Judiciary in Iran are engaged in an increasingly direct confrontation over the ability of Iranian media to publish images of the former (1997-2005) reformist President Mohammad Khatami. With claims and counterclaims volleying back and forth over the existence of—and legality of—a ban on published images of Khatami, the brouhaha […]... read more