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UN Report: Human Rights Undermined

            On October 23, the U.N.

Human Rights Watch: Locked Up in Karaj

            More than 60 prisoners in Karaj, near Tehran, are serving terms for exercising their fundamental rights of free speech and pe

Four Journalists, Three Americans Detained

           Three American journalists, including The Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, have Tags: Human Rights, press freedom, Reports

UN: Iran's Execution of Juveniles Must Stop

            On June 26, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern about the large number of executions carried o

US Sanctions Iranian Official for Censorship

            On May 23, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned Iranian official Morteza Tamaddon for involvement in censorship.

Report: Evin Prison Raid

            Security officials assaulted dozens of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison

Report: Low Confidence in Justice System

            Iranians have low confidence in their justice system, according to a new World Justice Project Tags: Human Rights, Judiciary, Reports

EU for Iran Role in Syria Diplomacy, Greater Engagement

            On April 3, the European Union Parliament passed a resolution calling for an Iranian role in Syria diplomacy and greater E.U.-I

State Dept: 2013 Human Rights Report on Iran

            On February 27, the State Department released its annual country reports on human rights practices.

President Rouhani’s New Rights Charter

Hadi Ghaemi

UN Report: Deepening Human Rights Crisis

            On October 22, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran released a new report on violations in the Islamic Republic.

Political Prisoners Letter to Obama

            In a letter dated August 8, more than 50 current and former political prisoners appealed to President Obama to seize the &ldquo

US Report: Human Trafficking Rises in Iran

            In its annual report on human trafficking, the State Department called Iran a “presumed source, transit, and destination

US Lifts Sanctions

            On May 30, the United States authorized the export of cell phones, computers and internet equipment to Iran.

U.S. Report on Iran Religious Freedom Abuses

            Iran’s government reportedly imprisoned, harassed and discriminated against more people for their religious beliefs in 2

Top US Officials on Sanctions Impact

            On May 15, two top officials in the Obama administration claimed U.S.

Report: Religious Freedom Abuses

            Iran continues to engage in “systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, including prolonged det

How Iran Ranks on World Press Freedom Day

            Iran’s crackdown on the press, including detention of 24 journalists, was highlighted by two reports to mark International P

U.S. Slams Iran in New Human Rights Report

            On April 19, the State Department’s new human rights report charged that Iran engaged in “egregious” abuses, inc

Cartoonists Sketch Human Rights Abuses

            A new book on political cartoons confronts the most sensitive issues in Iran ― including censorship, electoral fraud, torture and

G8 Statement on Iran

            On April 11, the G8 urged Iran to cooperate with the United Nations on its nuclear program to avoid further isolation.

U.S. Sanctions Secret Iranian Oil Network

            On March 14, the U.S.

E.U. Sanctions Cyber Police, Judges and Media

            On March 11, the European Union announced new sanctions against Iranian cyber police, judges, and media officials linked to th

U.N. Report: Iran Repressing Dissent

            Iran’s crackdown on journalists and detainment of opposition leaders “does not bode well for the prospect of a fre

U.S. Condemns Imprisonment of Opposition

            On February 14, the United States condemned Iran's continued imprisonment of former presidential candidates and opposition lead

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