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This week in human rights in Iran   EYE ON THE ELECTIONS This week, while the country focused its attention on the Guardian Councils announcement of the approved candidates for the June 14 presidential election, the regime continued to violate human rights, sometimes even targeting supporters of...
This week in human rights in Iran   EYE ON THE ELECTIONS In the lead up to elections, the Iranian government often opens channels of communication to promote enthusiasm for the elections and encourage participation. This election cycle however is proving to be very different. During this election...
This week in human rights in Iran   JOURNALIST AND ACTIVIST VIOLATIONS Being sent to solitary confinement then released after a hunger strike has become common practice for prisoners in Iran. This can be seen as a success for prisoners and human right activists who forced the Iranian government to...
This week in human rights in Iran   JOURNALIST AND ACTIVIST VIOLATIONS Used as a tool to suppress journalists and human rights activists, the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to arbitrarily arrest and hold people in custody without trial for an unspecified period of time. On April 28, with no...
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 Following a visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Sistan and Baluchestan province, a group of religious leaders, parliamentarians, and local academics organized a rally protesting the discrimination against their province. According to protesters, the...
This week in human rights in Iran Earlier this week more than 350 human rights and political activists issued a statement calling for the release of political prisoner Mehdi Khazali, a blogger and son of a leading right-wing cleric and former member of the Guardian Council Ayatollah Khazali. The...
This week in human rights in Iran On March 31, Ahmad Haj Seyed Javadi, a longtime political activist and co-founder of the Freedom Movement, died at the age of 96. A veteran political figure, having served in various government posts, Javadi was overtly critical of the crackdown following the...
This week in human rights in Iran On March 24,  human rights attorney and co-founder of the Center for Human Rights Defenders, Abdolfattah Soltani, released an inspiring Nowruz message stating, “they may close your eyes, ears and mouth, but never will they be able to enchain your thoughts.” Another...