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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...
Nabz-Nameh March 2016 - Elections Edition In open societies, it is political parties or social movements that identify the demands and concerns of social groups, such as women, and give voice to them at the level of media and society. Parties and civil society organizations thus strive to...
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...
Nabz-Nameh February 2016 Creating fair proportionality between the population of electoral districts and the number of seats allocated to them in the Majles (parliament) is a challenge that to date has not received the attention it merits in Iran. Indeed, analysts have been too preoccupied with...
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...
This month in human rights in Iran Prisoners’ rights Sixteen years after the arrest of Saeed Zeinali, who was a student at Tehran University at the time, authorities recently told his mother that they have no information about him. Zeinali’s mother, who has been pursuing her son’s case constantly,...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On December 10, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) voted to keep Mohammad Sarafraz, head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), and Hamid Reza Emadi, senior editor at Press TV, in its sanctions list of human rights violators. These...