October 19, 2017

Protesters rally against Iranian president at United Nations

By Rebecca Gibian | AP September 20, 2017
NEW YORK — Iranian expatriates gathered at a plaza on Wednesday to protest an appearance at the United Nations by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.Hundreds of protesters waved Iranian flags, chanted and held signs that said “free Iran.”
Part of the demonstration on Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, near the U.N., included an acting performance and […]

U.S. and U.N. Must Compel Iran to Provide Medical Care to Political Prisoners

Statement
 
Washington, DC; August 24, 2017 – National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates condemns Iranian regime’s treatment of political prisoners, including inhumane denial of medical care.
Conditions in Iranian prisons are so poor that in recent weeks, political prisoners have been forced to stage hunger strikes with the hope of receiving the most basic of healthcare services. In […]

115th Congress – Resolution Seeks Accountability & Justice for Iran Massacre

Introduced by Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), H.Res.188 and its bi-partisan co-sponsors condemn the 1988 massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners in Iran –
 

115th CONGRESS
1st Session

Condemning the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and calling for justice for the victims.
H. […]

Iran: A look at the ‘dark past’ of those in the running for Rouhani’s cabinet

Shima Silavi, Special to Al Arabiya English

 August 11, 2017

Anticipation is growing in Iran to discover Rouhani’s new proposed cabinet and the voters who elected him as their representative are interested to know who will aid their president in decision making during the four years to come.
Rouhani nominated all male figures to fill 17 of 18 […]

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 […]