Archive for Human Rights

Children With Disabilities in Iran Denied Access to Inclusive Education

Iran’s Government Should Allow Kids With Disabilities to Be Educated Alongside Their Peers 

The 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.

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Iran Arrests Activist Masih Alinejad’s Brother Amid Crusade to Silence Citizens Abroad

September 25.2019 – Against a backdrop of an ongoing campaign aimed at silencing foreign-based activists, agents of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry arrested the brother of prominent U.S.-based activist Masih Alinejad, she announced on Twitter.

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Mass Sentencing of Labor Activists, Journalists Prelude to Reign of Repression Under New Judiciary Chief

Seven Sentenced to Lengthy Jail Terms in Connection with Peaceful Protests

September 9, 2019—Less than a year after workers’ rights activists in southwestern Iran publicized evidence that Intelligence Ministry agents had tortured detainees, those same activists and four independent journalists who covered their cases have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

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Judicial Official’s Defense of Mass Executions Sets Dangerous Precedent

Senior Advisor to Judiciary Asks Why the State Should Be Concerned with “Legal Matters” Pourmohammadi: “We still haven’t settled scores”

August 5, 2019—New remarks by a senior judicial official in Iran, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, in which he openly defended the extrajudicial executions of some 4000-5000 prisoners in 1988 as necessary acts against “enemies” in a time of war, mark a significant and dangerous turning point in the state’s treatment of those notorious mass killings, which have been internationally recognized as crimes against humanity.

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Mohammad Rasoulof’s Films Were Banned in Iran, Now He’s Been Sentenced to Prison

“We have to pay a price, and every person will pay some price,” says acclaimed filmmaker

July 24, 2019 – The sentencing of award-winning filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to one year in prison for the content of his films has highlighted the perilous political landscape independent artists must navigate in Iran.

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116 Iranian Rights Defenders Warn of “Devastating” Consequences of US-Iran Military Conflict

June 26, 2019 — In response to soaring tensions between Iran and the United States, 116 Iranian human rights defenders and groups based inside and outside the country have signed a statement warning of the “devastating” consequences of a military conflict.

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Richard Ratcliffe Takes Hunger Strike for Wife’s Freedom to Iran’s Doorstep in London

Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Has Been Eligible for Release Since 2017

June 18, 2019 – On day four of Richard Ratcliffe’s hunger strike outside the Iranian embassy in London, embassy staff noisily repositioned the metal barriers they’d put up behind him and started sanding the building to suppress coverage of his campaign for his imprisoned wife’s freedom.

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Iran: Three Rights Lawyers Sentenced to Lengthy Jail Terms in Less Than a Year

Defense Attorney Imprisoned for Social Media Posts

June 5, 2019 – Amirsalar Davoudi has become the third known defense attorney to be sent to prison in Iran for his peaceful activities in less than a year, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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Iran: Release Political Prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared

Behind Bars Unjustly Since 2009, Eligible for Release in 2017

May 20, 2019—Iran must end the cruel and unlawful imprisonment of Maryam Akbari-Monfared, who has already served nearly ten years on baseless charges and should have been eligible for release last year, and free her immediately, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and Justice for Iran (JFI) said in a joint statement today.

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Appeals Court Upholds Lengthy Sentence Against Female Activist for Criticizing Chief Justice

Number of Women Political Prisoners Rising in Iran

Number of Women Political Prisoners Rising in Iran

May 13, 2019 – A Tehran appeals court upheld a 7.5-year prison sentence against prominent political activist Hengameh Shahidi based on her social media posts in which she criticized former Chief Justice Sadegh Larijani and demanded a report on his 10-year tenure.

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