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The challenges and rights violations faced by Bahá’ís in Iran are not a new theme. These difficult conditions began in the Qajar era and have been exacerbated since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 with the introduction of Sharia law into the Iranian Constitution, in which the Bahá’í Faith is not...
This week in human rights in Iran Minority rights On March 4, more than 1,800 Azerbaijani students issued an open letter to Hassan Rouhani, calling on the president to honor his promise to promote minority language rights in Iran, including official recognition of the Azerbaijani language and the...
This month in human rights in Iran Environmental rights Environmental problems and concerns over their consequences for the public are a constant in Iranian discourse, but this topic has been the subject of intense discussion in recent months. Dust storms in the southwest of Iran have devastated...
This week in human rights in Iran Activists’ rights In general, Iranian human rights groups are reporting that there has been a new wave of arrests of activists in Iran in recent months. A Revolutionary Court judge has threatened to transfer imprisoned civil and children’s rights activist Atena...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of Religion On December 18, IranWire published the transcript of interviews that a Baha’i student conducted with three members of the Majlis. Raha Bushehri, a third-year high school student aware that despite excellent grades, his being Baha’i means that it...
This week in human rights in Iran Political rights On November 30, Mehdi Karroubi, one of the leaders of the Green Movement, asked Ali Motahari to pursue his case in a public court. Motahari had recently expressed disagreement with the Supreme Leader over the treatment of Karroubi and Mir Hossein...
This week in human rights in Iran Prisoners' rights On November 19, authorities returned 85-year-old Hossein Fattah to Rajaei Shahr Prison in Karaj. Fattah had been granted medical leave to receive treatment for leukemia, but the leave was not extended and he has been denied access to necessary...
This week in human rights in Iran Women’s rights Women’s rights continues to be a hot topic among Iranians, with active debate in the digital space about feminism and sexism, women’s security in Iranian society and their active  participation in social life. While Iranian police faces criticisms...
This week in human rights in Iran Women's Rights Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed on October 25, drawing worldwide condemnation. Jabbari, who was in prison since 2007 and whose execution was postponed on October 1, was sentenced to death for killing a man she claimed tried to rape her. Domestic and...
This week in human rights in Iran Prisoners' Rights Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amooe, who was sentenced to five years and four months for acting against national security, was released from Evin prison on October 4. Jila Bani Yaghoub, his wife and a former imprisoned journalist told the BBC that he...