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This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: President Hassan Rouhani reacted to the cancellation of concerts in Khorasan; 11 Christian converts were arrested in Isfahan; dozens of people were arrested for attending a party; a man who attacked women for improper veiling was...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: A large number of mostly Sunni prisoners were executed in Iran; 15 million Telegram user accounts were hacked, leading to arrests of individuals for their beliefs and activities; meanwhile the arrest and subsequent release of Mehdi...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: Female bicyclists were arrested in Kordestan; the police announced that it is in charge of dealing with concerts; arrests of individuals with foreign citizenship continued; at least 20 people were executed in Iran. Civil liberties...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: reports of threatening messages sent to journalists and civic activists; the death of Abbas Kiarostami drew attention to the lack of accountability in the Iranian healthcare system; an Iranian man lost his life as a result of...
This week in human rights in Iran In brief: In the past two weeks: Narges Mohammadi started a hunger strike; Jafar Azimzadeh was released after a two-month hunger strike; Zohreh Tonekaboni is barred from leaving the country; the Iranian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals protested the...
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...
Nabz-Nameh April 2016 Iran is a vast country and diverse in its ethnic, religious, and cultural makeup. Given this scale, the demands, problems, and political persuasions of people vary from one part of the country to another. Restrictions on civic and political activities and on the freedoms of...
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...