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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

Obama: Time for a Diplomatic Solution

            On February 12, President Obama said Iran’s leaders “must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solutio

New Human Rights Watch Report on Iran

            In 2012, Iran put opposition leaders under house arrest, harassed and arrested civil society activists, and prevented oppositio

Sanctions and Medical Supply Shortages in Iran

            Sanctions have unintentionally played a key role in creating shortages of life-saving medical supplies and drugs in Iran, accor

Treasury Sanctions Oil Revenues and Targets Human Rights Abusers

            On February 6, the U.S.

Pew: Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

             Among 197 countries, Iran ranked sixth in restricting freedom of religion, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

New Penalties on Iran in Defense Bill

            On January 3, President Barack Obama signed a $633 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2013.

U.S. Issues Iran Travel Warning

            On December 7, the State Department warned that U.S.

U.S. "Appalled" After Blogger Dies in Iran Prison

            On November 9, the United States condemned Iran's persecution of blogger Sattar Beheshti, who

U.S. Sanctions 17 Individuals and Entities

            On November 8, the U.S.

Tribunal Blames Iran for Abuses

            On October 27, the Iran Tribunal charged that the Islamic Republic was responsible “for gross violations of human rights

Part II: U.S. Slams Iran on Baha’is

The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report focused particular attention on Iran’s Baha’is, the country’s largest religious minority at between

Part I: Iran “Horrible” on Religious Freedom

On July 30, 2012, the U.S. Department of State released its annual International Religious Freedom Report, which highlighted serious human rights violations in Iran.

U.S. Report on Iran Human Rights Abuses

On May 24, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the annual U.S. report on worldwide human rights violations.

Obama’s New Executive Order on Iran Human Rights Abusers

     On April 23, the White House issued a new Executive Order targeting “grave human rights abusers” in Iran and Syria.

U.N. Reports “Striking Pattern” of Abuses

A new report by the U.N. Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran issued a new report on March 6, 2012. It concluded:

U.S. Comments on U.N. Human Rights Report

The following is a Press Statement from the State Department on the U.N. Human Rights Report:

U.N. Report on “Systemic” Human Rights Abuses

The U.N. Special Rapporteur for Iran released a report on Oct. 15, 2011 detailing human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic.

Clinton Blasts Iran's Human Rights

Press Statement

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


New U.N. Human Rights Rapporteur for Iran

Semira N. Nikou

Interview with Maziar Bahari

Semira N. Nikou

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