News and Analysis

Nabz Nameh - August 2017 Introduction Iran held three concurrent elections in May 2017: presidential, city and village council, and mid-term parliamentary. It is nothing new to say that elections in Iran are neither free nor fair, but a careful look at the types of electoral violations reported...
Nabz Nameh - June 2017 Iranians went to the polls on May 19th to cast votes in presidential and local elections. Of the 287,425 candidates registered to run in Iran's local elections 17,885 were women, making up 6.3 percent of all candidates. More registered at the village level (11,142) than the...
Nabz Nameh - May 2017 On May 19, Iranians will go to polls across Iran to vote for candidates in local elections, which will take place on the same day as the presidential elections. While much focus and importance has been placed on the presidential election and candidates, local elections offer...
Nabz Nameh - February 2017 Introduction Money in politics is a double-edged sword that can lead to corruption and other problems if it is spent or received without being accounted for. Political candidates and parties need financial resources in order to move their campaigns forward and...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: A Baha’i man was killed in Yazd in a religiously-motivated hate crime; another dual national of Iran was sentenced to a lengthy prison term; the sexual abuse case against a famous Koran reciter was made public; the Guardian Council announced that its...
Nabz-Nameh November 2016 Introduction Government in Iran is based on a centralized system, but in order to encourage citizen participation, the law grants local entities certain levels of authority in decision-making, implementation, consultation, and oversight. The Interior Ministry is in charge...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: The regulations for the election were announced; dozens of people were arrested in Iran in connection with modeling; Bagher and Siamak Namazi were each sentenced to 10 years in prison; Ahmed Shaheed published his latest report on the situation of human...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: The environmental campaign to save Lake Urmia is picking up steam; Isa Saharkhiz began a hunger strike; Atena Daemi was sentenced to seven years in prison; Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence was upheld. Environment Recently a campaign was launched...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: Women took to their bicycles to protest a new fatwa from Khamenei against cycling by women; Sadra Mohaghegh was arrested; Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband traveled to New York to appeal for her release; Nizar Zakka was sentenced...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: Sattar Beheshti's sister was arrested; Tehran Municipality officials filed a complaint against those who revealed financial corruption in the municipality and the Tehran City Council; prisoners who leaked news of executions at Karaj...