May 26, 2017

Recent suicides highlight ongoing Iranian human rights abuses

In January, a young woman in Iran committed suicide. Now, sadly, suicides have become increasingly common among Iranian women due to a variety of social ills, including state-mandated misogyny. But, in Mahdis’s case, it happened one day after she was released from prison. She was sexually abused by Iranian suppressive forces.
At only 26, the aspiring […]

H.Con.Res.159: US Congress Resolution Condemns Iran’s Mass Executions And Calls For Action

by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
President of the International American Council

A resolution (H.Res. 159) was recently introduced in the U.S. Congress in reference to one of the worst mass executions of political prisoners since WWII by theIslamic Republic of Iran. The House Homeland Security Chair, Mike McCaul, introduced the resolution, which was cosponsored by the House Foreign […]

Iran’s economy cannot be separated from human rights

The Globe and Mail

GEOFFREY CAMERON
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Geoffrey Cameron is a PhD candidate and Trudeau Scholar at the University of Toronto. He is also principal researcher with the Baha’i Community of Canada.
Now that nuclear-related economic sanctions against Iran are being lifted, many countries are looking forward to a new era of political and economic relations […]

Sanctions Targeting Iranian Human Rights Abusers are Right, Not Radical

Sheryl Saperia
14th October 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

On September 23rd, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the Conservatives, if re-elected, would amend the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) to include gross human rights abuses as new grounds for Canadian sanctions against foreign states, entities and individuals. Whoever forms the next federal government should […]

Two Poets Sentenced to Flogging and Nine and Eleven Years in Prison

OCTOBER 14, 2015

Forced Confessions Used as Primary Evidence in Convictions
October 14, 2015—A Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced the poets Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi to 9 years and 6 months and 99 lashes, and 11 years and 99 lashes, respectively, on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in their poetry.
The flogging […]

The report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran

The report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed. Submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 25/24  to the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council  in March 2015.
Click to Read entire Report (PDF): March 2015 report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights […]

UN: Freeze Funding of Iran Counter-Narcotics Efforts

Surge in Executions for Drug Trafficking

DECEMBER 17, 2014

(London) – The United Nations agency charged with combating illicit drug trafficking should withdraw its support for counter-narcotics police operations in Iranuntil the death penalty for drug offenses is abolished, six rights groups said in a letter published today. The groups made the plea after Iran’s judiciary hanged 18 alleged drug traffickers within 24 hours […]

It’s Howard Dean vs. Obama on Iran

It’s Howard Dean vs. Obama on IranThe Washington PostBY JENNIFER RUBIN, January 30, 2014

Former Vermont governor Howard Dean surprised and delighted critics of President Obama’s Iran policy with the most cogent and forceful criticism of the interim deal from any Democrat to date. Speaking before a controversial anti-mullah group, he bashed Obama’s entire approach:

Dean said the United […]

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI): A Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

August 1, 2012
Letter by Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Camps Ashraf and Liberty

View letter at: http://iacsmichigan.org/ashraf.pdf

WSJ Op-Ed: Obama and the Eisenhower Standard

When crafting foreign policy, the late president didn’t ‘give a damn how the election goes.’
The Wall Street Journal
April 1, 2012
By FOUAD AJAMI
On Nov. 6, 1956, Election Day, to be precise, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a brief message to British Prime Minister Anthony Eden: “We have given our whole thought to Hungary and the Middle […]