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Death sentence on Christian leader Yousef Nadarkhani

An Iranian court has imposed the death sentence on Yousef Nadarkhani, a 34-year-old protestant preacher, for apostasy after he repeatedly refused to recant his Christian faith.

Obama on Release of American Hikers

Statement from the President
on the Release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal  

Obama on Syria—And Iran

         On August 18, 2011, President Barack Obama strongly condemned the Syrian government’s crackdown on protestors and called for heightened sanctio

90 Senators: Sanction Iran's Central Bank

Dear Mr. President:

U.S. Charges Iran has “Secret Deal” with al Qaeda

       The U.S.

New Visa Restrictions for Human Rights Abuses

The following is a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

U.S. on Iran’s Persecution of Religious Minorities

           State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland issued the following statement on persecution of religious minorities in Iran on July 6, 2

U.S. Names Iranians Aiding Syria

         On June 29, 2011, the U.S.

New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Air and Others

       The following is a joint statement by Department of State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Ge

U.S. Imposes New Shipping Sanctions

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned ten shipping companies and three individuals affiliated with Iran's national shipping line.

Clinton on Iran’s Election Anniversary

On June 14, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement on repression in Iran and Syria to mark the second anniversary of the disputed 2009 presidential election:

New Treasury Sanctions for Human Rights Abuses

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on new sanctions:

U.S. calls death of activist “unfathomable”

The State Department issued a statement June 2 on the death of Iranian Activist Haleh Sahabi at her father’s funeral:

U.S. Sanctions Seven Companies

Seven companies have been sanctioned under the amended Iran Sanctions Act. The following is a State Department statement issued on May 24, 2011:

FACT SHEET: Holding Iran Accountable

The following is a State Department statement issued on May 19, 2011:

Changes to Iranian Student Visas

The following is a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

Excerpt on Iran from President Obama’s Mideast Speech May 19, 2011

         The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region. We support a set of universal rights.

State Department Testimony: Iran’s Growing Human Rights Abuses

         The following is an excerpt on Iran’s human rights violations from a joint statement by Michael H.

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