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The Truth About Siamak Namazi, the Iranian-American Arrested in Iran

Ahmad Kiarostami | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Ahmad Kiarostami

I am not writing this piece to attack The Daily Beast for irresponsible journalism. I'm not writing this to defend NIAC either, though The Daily Beast's lies throughout the article about NIAC are deeply upsetting. I am writing to set the record straight about my dear friend, Siamak Namazi.

Formerly Jailed Journalist Explains Iran's Recent Crackdown On Dissent

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.24.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Iranian journalist Maziar ...

In a Post-Deal Iran: What Now?

John Mirisch | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
John Mirisch

The Iran deal will stand, at least until the next presidential election. Despite disapproval by a non-partisan majority of both houses of Congress, not to mention the American people, because of the incredibly low threshold to sustain a veto, not to mention White House arm-twisting and purely partisan support, the deal will stand.

Executions In Iran Have Surged This Year, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.23.2015 | World

Iran executed 694 people in the first half of 2015, an "unprecedented spike" in the nation's use of the death penalty, according to a new report...

The Power of the Feminine Self: Manhood Liberated from Violence Against Women

Payam Akhavan | Posted 03.20.2015 | World
Payam Akhavan

Somewhere near Mosul in Iraq, a Yazidi woman is sold into "marriage" at that price. That is, if she is between 20 and 30 years of age. If she is 10 to 20 years of age, the price is higher, at $129 dollars. The highest price of $172 is reserved for girls up to the age of nine.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Washington Post Journalist Jailed In Iran Gains Attention As Nuclear Talks Resume | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been held by the Iranian government since July on unclear charges, is receiving renewed ...

The Road to Human Rights in Iran- Are We There Yet?

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

As observers of human rights violations, we have noted sustained levels of injustice and deprivation against minorities. We maintain that fundamental violations of human rights in Iran stem from discriminatory laws that have become institutionalized and perpetuated structural violence.

No More Talk; It's Time for Iran to Act

Roya Boroumand | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Roya Boroumand

So, it is hard to blame the skeptics. Despite some very modest actions that can be credited to Rouhani's government, this past year feels like many before it.

The Islamic Republic of Iran's Flavored Condoms, Free Vasectomies, and Gender Reassignment Surgery

Shermin Kruse | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

When the Islamic Republic first took control of Iran from the Shah, the new regime decided population growth would be greatly in its advantage. After all, it was faced with a bloody war with neighboring Iraq.

Arrest, Hang, Repeat: Executions in Iran

Gissou Nia | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
Gissou Nia

These executed individuals are not just data points. They are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. In my work documenting human rights abuses in the country, I have come to know many of the family members of death row prisoners on a personal level.

Poland's Top Diplomat Slams Iranian Censorship During Visit To Tehran (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.06.2014 | World

Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski visited Iran this past weekend, only to find that he was blocked from visiting the website of a major Poli...

Abortion on the Rise in Iran

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Mehrnaz Samimi

The paradoxical nature of Iranian society more often than not results in people covertly performing the forbidden. As this nature dictates, delving into the root of such social issues can be tough in the absence of credible statistics.

Suffering and the Future of Iran

Payam Akhavan | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Payam Akhavan

Many thousands of our fellow innocent Iranians have been executed. We have suffered as a nation. There is a story behind each tragedy. Behind every victim there is a name, a father and mother, a brother and sister, a childhood friend or schoolmate. Nobody is spared from this denial of humanity, not even the torturer.

Keep the Focus on Iran's Human Rights

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

Progress towards a nuclear deal should by no means lessen international attention to the human rights violations that have reached crisis levels in Iran since the disputed 2009 election and which continue to this day despite the election of Hassan Rouhani.

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.

Iran's Newfound Engagement Should Extend to Human Rights

Dokhi Fassihian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dokhi Fassihian

The international community has the responsibility to elevate the human rights portfolio on par with other issues, and to induce Iran's cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council and its appointed mandate holder.

What Would Make P5+1 Talks Look Easy

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Reza Pahlavi

As leaders and diplomats parse Mr. Rouhani's words for hidden messages and deeper meanings, my experience suggests that what he did not say is more important than what he did.

Rouhani -- Meaningful Reforms or Political Games?

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Nazanin Boniadi

Freeing Sotoudeh and others is a welcome gesture to distance the Iranian government from a brutal history of repression, but Iranians will rightly continue to demand further reforms from within.

Iran, Are you Serioulsy Suing for CIA Coup?

Maryam Zar | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Maryam Zar

Dear Iran, Let me be the first to congratulate you on joining the international community, and taking to the courts to air your grievances, rather than the streets where you usually settle the score.

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Bribing UN Human Rights Investigator

AP | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian official has accused the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran of taking bribes from the United States, the semi...

UN Alarmed By Iran's Torture, Executions

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Iran has stepped up executions of prisoners including juveniles as well as arrests of ...

Iran-Argentina: A Curious Kind of Truth Commission

Roya Boroumand | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Roya Boroumand

For those who believe in the rights of victims to truth and justice, the lack of interest of Latin American democracies in Iran's abysmal human rights record is concerning and disheartening.

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Reportedly Detained on Christmas Day

Kristin Wright | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Kristin Wright

Youcef Nadarkhani, a pastor who was sentenced to death in Iran for the crime of apostasy and spent more than three years in prison, has been allegedly detained on Christmas Day in his home city of Rasht.

No Celebration of 2012 World Human Rights Day in Iran

Roya Boroumand | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Roya Boroumand

Iran's abysmal human rights situation should draw attention on its own merits, and trigger concerted international efforts to hold human rights abusers accountable and ensure that Iranian authorities respect their obligations under international law.

Prosecutor: Iranian Blogger Who Died In Police Custody Was Beaten

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's state prosecutor has confirmed for the first time that a blogger who died in police custody last month had been beaten. Prosec...