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This week in human rights in Iran Journalists’ Rights On September 26, on the sidelines of his UN visit, Rouhani was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who asked him about the situation of the following prisoners with dual citizenship: the Iranian-British woman Ghoncheh Ghavami, and the...
This week in human rights in Iran Prisoners’ Rights A drawing by four-year-old Mohana Ahmadi, depicting a man at the gallows as a woman and girl look on, has been making the rounds on Iranian social media. The man in the drawing is her father, Hamed Ahmadi, who has been on death row since November...
This week in human rights in Iran Internet Freedom On August 25, Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi condemned high-speed mobile communication services as “against Sharia and moral and human norms”, after the Iranian government granted 3G and 4G licenses to two mobile operators in Iran. Days later, in...
This week in human rights in Iran Legislative Developments Beleaguered cabinet member Reza Faraji Dana was impeached by the Majlis from his post as minister of science, research, and technology on August 20. Faraji Dana, appointed by President Hassan Rouhani as a reformist member of his cabinet,...
This week in human rights in Iran Prisoners' Rights On July 31, the mother of the imprisoned journalist Saba Azarpeik reported that authorities told her there was no hope for her daughter’s release. After 65 days in custody, Azarpeik’s temporary detainment order was extended for the third time....
This week in human rights in Iran Human Rights Nabz-Iran recently received two separate reports of rights violations in West Azerbaijan province. On July 16, a report was received about the arrest of four family members, all followers of the persecuted Baha’i faith. Intelligence officials in Tabriz...
This week in human rights in Iran University Issues July 9 marked the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the July 1999 student demonstrations in Iran and the ensuing violent crackdown. After Iranian students protested the closure of the pro-reform newspaper Salam, pro-regime forces led by the...
This week in human rights in Iran Women's Rights On June 24, the Majlis passed a bill that, if it becomes law, would criminalize abortion, various forms of sterilization, as well as any promotion of childbirth reduction. This development follows Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s May 20 announcement of...
This week in human rights in Iran Government Intervention and Personal Freedoms The issue of government interference has been a major issue recently due to the emergence of a video recording of remarks by Mohammad Ali Jafari about the controversial 2009 presidential elections. Major General Jafari...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of Expression Freedom of expression in Iran, particularly as it relates to the Internet, has been a controversial topic in recent weeks and has further exposed tensions between the Hassan Rouhani administration and conservative elements of the state. In a...