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This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: Homa Hoodfar’s family reported that the Iranian-Canadian academic was arrested; Reporters Without Borders protested the new wave of anti-Baha’i persecution in Iran; lack of access to medical treatment for three political prisoners...
This month in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On May 25, a Maziar Fallahi concert was canceled in Yazd. In recent months, many concerts have been canceled throughout Iran. On May 28, a Shahram Nazeri concert was also canceled in Nishapur. On May 30, the three filmmakers Saeed Malekan,...
This week in human rights in Iran Elections The second round of parliamentary elections was held on April 29, determining the outcome of 69 remaining Majles seats. Since the political leanings of a large number of independent candidates are unclear, both of the main political factions within the...
This week in human rights in Iran Human rights On April 12, the European Union extended human rights sanctions against Iranian officials for another year, naming 82 officials. On April 14, the US State Department published its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which includes...
This week in human rights in Iran Majles elections There continue to be reactions to the rejection of candidacy of a reformist candidate from Isfahan after she won a seat in the election. Even though the Guardian Council has not officially announced a rejection of candidacy for Minoo Khaleghi, she...
This week in human rights in Iran Trials On March 19, a court of appeals upheld a three-year prison sentence for teachers’ union activist Rasoul Bodaghi, who has been serving a six-year sentence since his arrest in the events following the 2009 elections. Upon the completion of that sentence, a new...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On March 7, Iran’s Council for the Islamization of Universities and Educational Centers issued a new regulation that severely restricts holding concerts at Iranian universities. According to this regulation, “Concerts or independent musical...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On February 24, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) once again refused to broadcast images of actor and director Pegah Ahangarani, who was sentenced to 17 days in prison in 2013. Since then, there have been various cases where Iranian...
This week in human rights in Iran Arbitrary arrests On February 3, news editor and journalist Bahman Daroshafaei was arrested in Tehran. It is still unknown why he was arrested or where he is being held. Daroshafaei’s mother Safoura Tofangchiha wrote an open letter to Hassan Rouhani, asking him to...
This week in human rights in Iran Government accountability Transparency International ranked Iran 130th out of 168 countries in its annual Corruptions Perceptions Index. This report ranks countries according to how sound their administrative systems are. With 27 points, Iran ranks alongside...