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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," "...
This week in human rights in Iran   EXECUTIONS This week, 21 prisoners were hanged in the Ghezel Hesar Prison and four prisoners were hanged Rajaei Shahr Prison. The identities of the prisoners in Ghezel Hesar are unknown, but reports claim that most of the prisoners were convicted of Moharebeh, or...
This week in human rights in Iran FREEDOM OF THE PRESS In the early hours of July 3, several news outlets received warnings from Tehran's prosecutor to stop publishing news relating to the Kahrizak detention center trials. As a result of such late warnings  a number of these news outlets  published...
In the Islamic Republic, being a Shi'a Muslim is paramount. While “People of the Book” , which in Iran includes Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians, live alongside Muslims, run businesses, practice their religion and have places of worship, they do not, however, enjoy all of the same rights as...
This week in human rights in Iran RIGHT TO EDUCATION On June 21, the Ministry of Science ended its practice of forcing university professors into early retirement and announced that pending retirements have been postponed for five years. This announcement comes after widespread criticism of the...
This week in human rights in Iran ELECTION AFTERMATH After the victory of Hassan Rohani in Iran’s presidential election last week, union activists including filmmakers, teachers and labor, as well as minority groups, journalists, bloggers, political prisoners, activists, human rights organizations...
This week in human rights in Iran EYE ON THE ELECTIONS This week the Iranian government put immense pressure on supporters of the Green Movement and reformists candidates. Two days before the election on June 12, many reformists activists received telephone calls from security forces warning them...
This week in human rights in Iran EYE ON THE ELECTIONS With elections just around the corner, many Iranian voters remain undecided. In the conservative camp, six candidates remain in the race and none have indicated that they will step down in favor of the other. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf is ahead...
This week in human rights in Iran This week, while the Islamic Republic continued its crackdown against the media by filtering news sites and arresting journalists, the international community continued to put pressure on the regime and voice its concerns on human rights in the country. FREEDOM OF...
Iran’s labor movement dates back to 1906, when Tehran’s press workers established the Union of Tehran’s Print House Employees. The labor movement quickly grew in scope and impact throughout the 1900s as worker unions and labor activism gained momentum throughout the region during the cold war....