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Keep the Focus on Iran's Human Rights

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:11 AM

The recent interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers is a welcome development for most Iranians. It is a major step in the right direction, addressing many of their pressing concerns: it reduces international tensions, provides a diplomatic path to avoid a military confrontation, promises to make the...

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Iranian Cinema: Acclaimed Abroad, Under Siege at Home

(16) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 1:37 PM

At a moment when millions of people -- including many Iranians -- were watching to see what Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi would say in his Oscar acceptance speech, Farhadi chose to talk about the concerns of the Iranian people and "the dust of politics" that has overshadowed the hopes and...

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Ahmadinejad Comes to Town, Don't Let Him Off the Hook!

(76) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 10:54 PM

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is coming to New York to attend 66th session of the UN General Assembly, loves visiting the Big Apple and relishes his time on the international stage. The media frenzy that has become a tradition since his annual visits began in 2005 is...

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Who Is Afraid of Talking about Iran's Human Rights Crisis?

(50) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 6:45 PM

Hadi Ghaemi and Aaron Rhodes

As the latest round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group is about to resume, the ongoing human rights crisis in Iran is once more being overshadowed and ignored by the international community.

The question of holding the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for...

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Jailed Iranian Lawyer Puts Her Life on the Line

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 4:25 PM

By Hadi Ghaemi and Aaron Rhodes

On a dry hunger strike since 31 October, Iranian human right lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh's health is in serious danger in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. By the time this is published, the mother of two may have sacrificed her life standing up to a government...

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On Iran, UN Human Rights Council Needs American Resolve

(5) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 5:34 PM


By Hadi Ghaemi and Aaron Rhodes

The United States should support and urge other states to support a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a resolution that would strengthen the UN's machinery to monitor...

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As Protests in Iran Continue, International Solidarity Builds Momentum

(10) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 7:14 AM

Much of the international public and media consider mass protests in Iran to have ended, because images of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators no longer appear on TV screens and front pages, as they did in June and July. But the protest movement is alive and continues to challenge the...

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Fears of a "Tehran Tiananmen" Growing as Iran Crisis Deepens

(9) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 9:09 PM

The post-election unrest and turbulence now sweeping Iran, following the presidential election of last Friday, did not figure into anyone's analysis and calculations. It took everyone by surprise, but so have the most momentous events of contemporary Iranian history. The 1979 Revolution was not on anyone's radar screens either until...

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More of the Same Dysfunctional American Insularity on Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2009 | 11:25 AM

By Aaron Rhodes and Hadi Ghaemi

Reactions to the annual publication of the United States State Department Human Rights Report are altogether predictable: Nations whose records have been severely criticized typically denounce the report, sometimes by noting violations of human rights by the United States and thus its hypocrisy...

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The Human Cost of Ahmadinejad's Rule

(19) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 9:15 PM

When President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations today, he did not mention conditions in prisons, escalating executions or how he manages his increasingly repressive domestic regime.

In the UN's stately green marble setting, he was not questioned about the skyrocketing child executions in Iran, the persecution of women...

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