UN Report on Human Rights in Iran

October 7, 2016

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a new report critical of Iran’s human rights record. Executions were down in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. But Tehran “has not taken any measures to halt executions or instituted a moratorium on the death penalty,” the secretary general noted. He also expressed particular concern over the pattern of arbitrary arrests and convictions of journalists and online activists.

IMF: Economy Rebounding

October 5, 2016

International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff visited Iran and found that the economy has “rebounded strongly” since the nuclear deal was implemented and sanctions were lifted in January 2016. But Iran still needs to take several steps to ensure continued economic growth and reintegration into the global financial system. The following is the full text of the IMF statement.


Zarif in New York on Nuclear Deal, Syria

September 26, 2016

On September 23, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized the United States for not sending a clear message to European banks that they are free to do business with Iran. In a wide ranging conversation with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, he also discussed the war in Syria, tensions with Saudi Arabia, extremism, the nuclear deal and other pressing issues. The following is an excerpted transcript from the Council on Foreign Relations event held in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.