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This week in human rights in Iran MINORITY RIGHTS On November 20, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report accusing Iran of violating its legal obligations towards refugees from Afghanistan and failing to protect them from abuse. HRW claims that thousands of Afghans have been summarily deported...
This week in human rights in Iran INTERNET FREEDOM This week, controversy over the filtering of Facebook and Twitter arose when the Minister of Communication said that the removal of filters on Facebook and Twitter was non-negotiable and completely out of the question. However, the minister later...
This week in human rights in Iran Student rights On October 1, Mehrdad Farmani and Ehsan Molavi Far, two student activists and bloggers, were arrested in the city of Shiraz. The reason for their arrests is still not clear. On October 2, more than 600 student activists signed a petition to protest...
When Hassan Rohani stood as a candidate in this year’s Iranian presidential election, he was relatively unknown to the general public of the country. Moderate Renaissance: Promises and Opportunities “I will not forget my campaign promises.” - Hassan Rohani, June 17, 2013 Iranian Journalist's...
This week in human rights in Iran PRISONERS’ RIGHTS The Revolutionary Court of Bandar Abbas summoned political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi to court on August 13. Davoudi did not have access to his lawyer during prior to the session and  as new charges were laid against him in court. Charges included...
This week in human rights in Iran FREEDOM OF THE PRESS On July 16, Iranian authorities sentenced seven journalists from Majzooban Noor news website to a combined total of 56 years in prison on charges of, "forming the illegal Majzooban-Noor group with the intent to disrupt national security," "...
For Iranian women, the struggle for equality is first and foremost a legal battle. Discrimination against women is supported by official legislation, which is based on Islamic Sharia laws. Women are not allowed to occupy senior government positions or become judges, and a woman’s testimony is...
This week in human rights in Iran Cases of Iranian journalists and bloggers imprisoned for months without trial or whose health is deteriorating while in prison, continues to demonstrate the ongoing abuses perpetrated by Iranian authorities. This week, security forces arrested Abdolghafour...
This week in human rights in Iran On International Women’s Day (March 8), students at the Chamran female dormitory of Tehran University staged a protest against a new 9:30 pm curfew. The protest continued until after midnight, when the dormitory officials cancelled the curfew. The Iranian...
This week in human rights in Iran On February 4, Ahmad Shaheed, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, discussed his third report on human rights violations in Iran, highlighting the persecution of Baha’i, targeting of journalists and bloggers, limitations on assemblies and unions,...