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This week in human rights in Iran Children’s rights On July 19, Amnesty International and a number of other human rights groups and organizations released a statement calling on the Iranian government to enact over 20 years of unfulfilled promises. This statement, published around the 21st...
This week in human rights in Iran LGBT rights After television actor Behram Radan was attacked by Kayhan for posting a tweet approving of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, he released a statement in which he apologized to the newspaper and to the Iranian people. The issue...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression In recent weeks, discussions have picked up again regarding the various restrictions against former President Mohammad Khatami, who is currently banned from leaving the country and from having his image, quotes, or writings published. The...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On June 8, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced that its venues administration denied permission to Kayhan Kolhar and the band Brooklyn Rider to organize a concert at Milad Tower. In recent months, the cancellation of...
This week in human rights in Iran Journalists’ rights The trial of Jason Rezaian, the imprisoned Washington Post Tehran correspondent, began on May 26, approximately 10 months since Rezaian was arrested on unknown charges, which were recently revealed to include espionage. The closed-door hearing...
This week in human rights in Iran Women's rights In an April 25 interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, human rights activist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh expressed disappointment over the approval of the “Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice”. She deems the...
This week in human rights in Iran International Workers’ Day and workers’ rights Friday, May 1 marked International Workers’ Day. After eight years, workers in Tehran were granted permission to organize a Workers’ Day march. At the end, a statement was read that emphasized the right of workers to...
This week in human rights in Iran Arbitrary detention On April 5, Mostafa Tork Hamadani, lawyer of Ali Motahari, announced that Motahari’s attackers have been freed on bail and that the judiciary has summoned officials from Shiraz University. This university had organized the conference for which...
This week in human rights in Iran Workers’ rights Five miners of the Chadormalu mine were each handed discretionary one-year sentences and sentenced to flogging for their role in last year’s labor unrest among the miners. An additional 25 miners who were on trial were acquitted by the court....
This week in human rights in Iran Rights of religious minorities In recent months, authorities across Iran have stepped up harassment of Bahá’í citizens. On March 8, a Bahá’í man and his 17-year-old son were arrested and taken to Yazd Prison after security forces raided their home. Their family...