July 20, 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 […]

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 […]

Iranian-Americans rally near United Nations

September 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian-American protesters said Monday that the country’s current regime has executed about 2,000 dissidents in less than two years, making human rights a key issue in U.S.-Iran relations.
Thousands gathered in Dag Hammerskjold Plaza outside the United Nations just as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was to speak to the world […]

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 […]

Opinion: Little to show after the yearlong talks with Iran

December 08, 2014, 05:00 pm
Little to show after the yearlong talks with Iran

By Majid Sadeghpour

The West seems to have learned little – sadly very little – in its dealings with Iran’s Ayatollahs. In the past and recently, the Iranian regime has played a waiting game: offer a little, stall a while, offer less, stall more, all […]

Former UN human rights chief in Baghdad Tahar Boumedra: Why I Quit the UN in Iraq

August 22, 2012

H.R.1905: Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act of 2012

Ros-Lehtinen, Berman Condemn Violence against Camp Ashraf Residents

FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE NEWS
Friday, April 08, 2011

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following joint statement condemning reports of violence against residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq:
“In light of new […]

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Speaks on the House Floor Regarding Camp Ashraf in Iraq

One Minute Remarks
Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Humanitarian Situation in Camp Ashraf
December 15, 2009
I rise to address what could develop into a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq. Residents of Camp Ashraf, opponents of the Iranian regime who found a home in Iraq, appear to have been abandoned by the U.S. and other nations, as they are subjected to unlawful […]